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12 Interesting Facts About Indiana

Updated on April 15, 2013

1. Abraham Lincoln moved to Indiana when he was 7 and lived most of his childhood there.

2. The state motto is "The Crossroads of America."

3. The city of Fort Wayne is named after General Anthony Wayne, who defeated the Native Americans at the Battle of Fallen Timber.

4. Wabash, Indiana was the first city to have electric street lights.

5. Peru, Indiana was once known as "The Circus Capital of America."

6. Indianapolis is the only U.S. major city not on a navigable river.

7. The Indianapolis 500 is the largest single day sporting event in the world.

8. Famous author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was from Indianapolis.

9. The first professional baseball game was played in Fort Wayne in 1871.

10. Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five got their start in Gary, Indiana

11. Santa Claus, Indiana, receives more than one-half million letters during the Christmas season.

12. A person from Indiana is called a Hoosier, but the origination of the term is uncertain.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for these facts.

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      Kara Monterey 5 years ago from Indianapolis

      It was supposed to be "Circus" not "Circle." Sorry for the typo. Although Indianapolis is known as "Circle City" with Monument Circle being a main tourist attraction.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      These articles that you are doing on facts of states sure increases our knowledge. Bravo.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Circle Capital of the United States????? Why? Now I need to know. LOL

      Good job; you peaked my interest.

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