On November 16th, National Indiana Day revs up its engines for the state that’s the home of the Indy 500 and Hoosier hospitality, too.

Indiana was the 19th state to enter the Union. James Monroe had just defeated Rufus King in the 1816 presidential race to become the 5th President of the United States. The second state to enter the Union from the Northwest Territory, Indiana grew rapidly.

As the “Crossroads of American, we can thank the many interstates and railroads transversing the state for getting us across the country. Indiana’s highways and byways do not keep the state from a rural feel in a growing urban world. With an abundance of rivers, streams and farmland, Lake Michigan to the North, words don’t fail Hoosiers.  Her authors, poets and songwriters have a continuous source of inspiration.

Official Indiana

State Capital – Indianapolis
State Nickname – The Hoosier State
State Motto – Crossroads of America
State Bird – Northern Cardinal
State Rifle – Grouseland Rifle
State River – Wabash River
State Residents – Hoosiers
State Flower – Peony
State Pie – Sugar Cream Pie
State Stone – Limestone
State Tree – Tulip Poplar
State Song – The Banks of the Walbash, Far Away
State Award – Segamore of the Walbash
State Airplane – P – 47 Thunderbolt

They are also inspired by a sport that started with a peach basket long ago. Basketball fills hearts of Hoosiers, as the movie with the same name would tell you. As far as the citizens of the fine state go, it’s a mystery how they earn their name.

From miners, farmers, inventors, entertainers, industrialists, and many more, Indiana grows more than corn. There’s plenty to see as the heartland helps keep the country moving right along.

Indiana Flavors

Chili and Noodles
Deep Fried Everything
Chicken and Waffles
Huge Epic Tenerloins
Sauerkraut and Dough
Peanut Butter and Hamburgers
Big Red Soda
Sugar Cream Pie
Persimmons & Pudding

Hidden Treasures

Knightridge Space Observatory – Bloomington
Historic West Baden Springs Hotel – West Baden Springs New Harmony Labyrinth – New Harmony Gennett Walk of Fame – Richmond George Obear Overlook Park – Delphi

Art- Nature – History

For a complete list of Indiana State and National Parks & Historic Sites visit and  Check out a few of the featured sites around the state below. 

Chain O’ Lakes State Park – Albion Fort Harrison State Park – Indianapolis Indiana Dunes State Park – Chesterton McCormick’s Creek State Park – Spencer Mounds State Park – Anderson Shakamak State Park – Jasonville Tippecanoe River State Park – Winamac Turkey Run State Park – Marshall George Rogers Clark Historic Site – Vincennes


Conner Prairie – Fishers The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – Indianapolis Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum – Auburn Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science – Evansville Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum – Indianapolis Museum of Miniature House – Carmel Grissom Air Museum – Peru James Whitcomb Riley Museum – Indianapolis Angel Mounds – Evansville

Notable People

Little Turtle – Military Leader – (1752 – July 14, 1812)

Little Turtle
Little Turtle

Chief Menominee – Religious Leader – (1791 -April 15, 1841)

Chief Menominee

Juliet Strauss – Columnist – (January 7, 1863 – May 22, 1918)

Wilbur Wright – Inventor – (April 16, 1867 – May 30 1912)

James Whitcomb Riley – Author – (October 7, 1849 – July 22, 1916)

Cole Porter – Composer – (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964)

Cole Porter

Ernie Pyle – Journalist – (August 3, 1900 – April 18, 1945)

Orville Redenbacher – Businessman – (July 16, 1907 – September 19, 1995)

Curl up with a good movie and your favorite popcorn….

Kurt Vonnegut – Author – (November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007)

Gil Hodges – Baseball Player – (April 4, 1924 – April 2, 1972)

James Dean – Actor – (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955)

James Dean

Twyla Tharp – Dancer – (July 1, 1941 -)

Jim Davis – Cartoonist – (July 28, 1945 -)

Jackson Five – Musicians/Song Writers

John Mellencamp – Singer/Song-writer (October 7, 1951)

Larry Bird – Basketball Player – (December 7, 1956 -)

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalIndianaDay

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Jennifer lives happily in North Florida with her husband Scott and after a stroke and two brain surgeries her mom. While not blessed with children they dote on their four legged children four cats. I started writing after spinal surgery required second round of physical therapy to learn to walk yet again. While reading is a favorite hobby writing is something new with the launch of this blog and hopefully a fiction novel in the future.


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