|Is there more than corn in Indiana?|
The first regulated speed limit (20 - 25 mph!) was initiated on Indiana roads in 1921.
An average of 400 funnel clouds are sighted each year in Indiana.
U.S. 231 is the longest highway in Indiana (231 miles).
The much sought-after Hoosier Cabinets are an Indiana product.
90% of the world's popcorn is grown in Indiana. (Orville Redinbacher was what percent?)
NBA Superstar Larry Bird was born in West Baden, Indiana (across the tracks from French Lick). This earned him the nickname "the hick from French Lick".
West Baden Resort Hotel was, prior to construction of the Houston Astrodome, the largest free spanning dome in the United States and the world (1902-1913).
Garfield the Cat creator Jim Davis lives and works near Albany Indiana.
The city of Gary, Indiana, was built on fill brought from the bottom of Lake Michigan through suction pipes.
The Jackson Five are from Gary, Indiana.
Frank Borman, NASA astronaut, born in Gary, Indiana.
Crown Hill Cemetery (Indianapolis) is the the third largest cemetery in the United States at 555 acres (2.2 km˛). It contains 25 miles (40 km) of paved road, over 150 species of trees and plants, over 185,000 graves, and services..
The world's first transistor radio was made in Indianapolis.
Frank Sinatra first sang with the Tommy Dorsey band at the Lyric Theater in Indianapolis.
Lafayette was the site of the first air mail flight by hot air balloon, in 1859. It didn't get very far due to wind currents, instead of going east it ended up south near Crawfordsville. From there it was dispatched to New York via railroad.
Emmett Kelly, the world famous clown, is buried in Rest Haven Cemetery in Lafayette.
Brian Lamb, founder of C-SPAN, is a native of Lafayette.
Alvah Curtis Roebuck, co-founder of Sears, Roebuck and Co., was born on January 9, 1864, in Lafayette.
The library in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, houses one of the largest genealogy libraries in America.
Actress Carole Lombard was born in Fort Wayne, IN. She was married to Clark Gable.
Johnny Appleseed is buried at Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The inventor of the television, Philo T. Farnsworth, lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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 incident was called the "Fall Creek Massacre". A museum housing 3500 artifacts of pioneer heritage now exists on that site.
The singing McGuire Sisters spent their childhood summers at the Church of God Campground in Anderson, Indiana.
Actor Forrest Tucker was from Pendleton, Indiana.
The very first prototype refrigerator, was originally designed and developed in the Process Engineering Department of Delco in Anderson, IN, before they took it to General Motors in Detroit, MI for eventual production by "Frigidaire" .
The Courthouse roof in Greensburg, Indiana, has a tree growing from it.
The American Beauty Rose was developed at Richmond, Indiana. (Richmond is called "The Rose City").
The main station of the Underground Railroad was the Levi Coffin Home in Fountain County, Indiana.
Elkhart, Indiana, is the band instrument capitol of the World.
Nancy Hanks Lincoln is buried in Posey County, Indiana. She was the Mother of Abraham Lincoln.
Crawfordsville, Indiana is the only site in the world where crinoids are found. A form of deep-water marine life that looks something like a starfish.
It for many years was the Divorce Capital of the United States.
Wilbur Shaw won the Indianapolis 500 mile race three times.
We can't forget the only functioning rotary jail in the United States at Crawfordsville (one of only 7 ever built and I think one of 3 still standing)
The Metal detector ( mine detector) was invented in Crawfordsville.
St. Meinrad Archabbey is located in Spencer County and is one of only two Archabbeys in the U.S. and seven in the world. (Abbey Press is an operation of the archabbey.)
Florence Henderson is from Dale Indiana.
A Buzz Bomb, believed to be the only one on public display in the nation, can be found on the Putnam County Courthouse lawn in Greencastle.
James Dean was born and is buried in Indiana.
Thomas A. Hendricks, former vice-president under Grover Cleveland was lived in Shelby County.
Red Skelton was born in Vincennes, Indiana. He was an actor, comedian and television icon whose characters such as Freddie the Freeloader are as funny today as they were when they first aired on his television show. Red was an artist, whose love for clowns was reflected in his paintings. His rendition of the pledge of allegiance is still remembered today.
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.
Raintree County, a novel by Ross Lockridge, Jr. published in 1948 is based on Henry County. The fictional town of Waycross was based on Straughn, Indiana.
Esther Armacost Kellner was born in Henry County and lived in Wayne Co. She was a writer. Her novel, "The Devil and Aunt Serena" was basically the story of her family and set in the Henry Co. and Wayne Co. area.
October 6, 1866 the
Reno brothers robbed
the east-bound Ohio and Mississippi train at the Seymour, Indiana depot.
They got away with at least $12,000. It was the first recorded peace time
train robbery. Frank, John, Simeon and William Reno were one of the first
outlaw brotherhoods in the U.S. They all were from Rockford, a rural
community 2 miles north of Seymour in Jackson County, Indiana.
Vernon in Jennings County was the home of Indiana’s first all female jury trial on July 6, 1921.
Everyone knows about John Dillinger but did anyone know that Arnold , the pig was from Mooresville, Morgan County . Arnold, the pig on Green Acres, was born and trained by a man named Freeman. His parents owned the Freeman Flower Shop in Mooresville.