Saturday, December 02, 2006

Indiana Facts

many of you may or may not know, but i was born in indiana! it is a very special place to me. my mom grew up there and we have family there still. my uncle steve, his wife paula and their 3 great kids, carrie, mike and thomas.

when my uncle sent me and email with this info, i couldn't help but post it. so enjoy a bit of history about my favorite state!

Indiana Facts

Tomato juice was first served at a French Lick Hotel in 1925. The first tomato juice factory was also in French Lick, IN.

The world's largest orchid species collection is found at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

The first regulated speed limit on Indiana roads was initiated in 1921. 20 - 25 mph!!

An average of 400 funnel clouds are sighted each year in Indiana.

The city of Gary, Indiana, was built on fill brought from the bottom of Lake Michigan through suction pipes.

There are only two Adams fireplaces in the United States. One is in the White House and the other in the Diner Home in Indiana.

Josie Orr, wife of former Indiana Governor Robert Orr, flew bombers and cargo planes during World War II.

The Indianapolis Methodist Hospital is the largest Hospital in the Midwest.

One of the first complete bathrooms in Indianapolis was in the home of Hoosier poet, James Whitcomb Riley.

The career of Dorothy Lamour (famous for the Crosby-Hope Road Movies) was launched in Indianapolis.

Aviatrix Amelia Earhart was once a Professor at Purdue University.

Crown Hill Cemetery (Indianapolis) is the largest cemetery in the U.S.

The library in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana houses one of the largest genealogy libraries in America.

Wabash, Indiana was the first electrified city in the U.S.

Pendleton, Indiana was the site of the first hanging of a white man for killing Indians.

The Courthouse roof in Greensburg, Indiana has a tree growing from it.

The world's first transistor radio was made in Indianapolis.

Clark Gable and wife Carole Lombard (a Hoosier) honeymooned at Lake Barbee near Warsaw, Indiana.

The American Beauty Rose was developed at Richmond, Indiana.

Elkhart, Indiana is the band instrument capitol of the World.

Frank Sinatra first sang with the Tommy Dorsey band at the Lyric Theater in Indianapolis.

Purdue Alumnus, Earl Butz, served as the Secretary of Agriculture.

U.S. 231 is the longest highway in Indiana (231miles).

Johnny Appleseed is buried at Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The singing McGuire Sisters spent their childhood summers at the Church of God Campground in Anderson, Indiana.

The main station of the Underground Railroad was in Fountain County, Indiana.

There are 154 acres of sculpture gardens and trails at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

La Porte County is the only county in America having 2 functioning Courthouses. I think we can add Vanderburgh County in with that also.

Nancy Hanks Lincoln is buried in Posey County,Indiana.

Crawfordsville, Indiana (Montgomery County) and the Falls of the Ohio State park in southern Ind. are the only sites in the World where crinoids are found. (What is a crinoid, you ask? A form of deep-water marine life that looks something like a starfish.)

Pendleton, Indiana was the site of the 'Fall Creek Massacre.' A museum housing 3500 artifacts of pioneer heritage now exists on that site.

St. Meinrad Archabbey is located in Spencer County and is one of only 2 archabbeys in the U.S. and seven in the world. (Abbey Press is an operation of the archabbey.)

A Buzz Bomb (German - WWII), believed to be the only one on public display in the nation, can be found on the Putnam County Courthouse lawn in Greencastle.

Roberta Turpin Willett was born in Indiana.

Red Skelton was born in Vincennes, Indiana.

May West was from Bedford, Indiana. (as was Claude Akins)

Forrest Tucker(actor) was from Pendleton, Indiana.

You can't ship wine to Indiana. (So how does it get here???????)

Bob Greise is from Evansville, Indiana. (Purdue boy)

Toni Tenille (of The Captain and Tenille) is from Indiana.

Oprah Winfrey built her residence in Indiana.

Florence Henderson is from Indiana.

John Mellancamp is a Hoosier and resides in Bloomington.

The much sought-after Hoosier Cabinets are an Indiana product.

90% of the world's popcorn is grown in Indiana.

The Jackson Five are from Indiana as well as 'Super Fan' Russ McLeod.

The birthplace of the automobile, the pneumatic rubber tire, the aluminum casting process, stainless steel and the first push-button car radio was in Kokomo, Indiana.

fun, huh?


1 comment:

MaryRuth said...

I love it!! I always love fun trivia... don't know if I've been to Indiana? Maybe driving through? Anyway thanks for posting!