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Indiana

The 19th state in the USA, admitted on December 11, 1816.

One of the eight states making up the Great Lakes Region, Indiana borders Lake Michigan at its northwestern corner. Indiana's state motto, "The Cross Roads of America" was adopted in 1937 due to the importance of waterways, railroads, highways and other transportation facilities running through the state. Indiana has more miles of Interstate Highway per square mile than any other state. Race car drivers from all over the world compete each Memorial Day weekend in the Indianapolis 500, known as the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing", the first race being held in 1911 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Half of all Indiana farmland produces corn, including corn for popping. The 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, became a Hoosier after moving to Indiana at the age of seven. Also, many famous celebrities were born in Indiana including, David Letterman, The Jackson Five, James Dean, and Hoagy Carmichael.

Some facts about Indiana:

State Abbreviation: IN
Population: 6,483,802
Area: 36,418 square miles
State Nickname: The Hoosier State
State Motto: The crossroads of America
State Capital: Indianapolis
Largest City: Indianapolis
Official Web Site: http://www.in.gov/

 

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