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Just when you thought you knew it all about our Hoosier State....

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Subject: Facts you should know about Indiana!!
 
Tomato juice was first served at a French Lick
Hotel in 1925.
...... 
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.
25 mph!! Just Cruisin'!
......
 Purdue is Indiana's land grant college.
...... 
An average of 400 funnel clouds are sighted each
 year in Indiana.
...... 
  The exteriors of the hit movie Hoosiers was filmed
 just 25 miles from
 the Purdue campus at New Richmond, Indiana.
...... 
Remember another hit movie - Breaking Away?
Well, it was filmed in
 Bloomington, Indiana and partially on the campus of
Indiana University -  I.U.!
......
 Much of the movie A League of Their Own was filmed
 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.
......
 Infamous bank robber, John Dillinger, declared he
would never rob any
 banks in Anderson, Indiana because there were
 railroad tracks over every exit road.
...... 
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.
...... 
One of the first evaporated milk companies was
started by an Indiana  Dentist, Dr. Wilson.
...... 
Crown Hill Cemetery (Indianapolis) is the largest
cemetery in the U.S.
......
 Fort Wayne, Indiana Library 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.
......
 Indianapolis has the most Interstate legs in the
U.S. earning it the title of "Crossroads of America".
...... 
The Courthouse roof in Greensburg, Indiana has a
 tree growing from it.
(That's why they call it the TREE CITY!)
....... 
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.
......
Batesville Casket Company, Batesville, Indiana is the largest
casket manufacturer in the world!
30 miles down the road in Aurora, Indiana,
is the second largest such company in the world -
the  Aurora Casket Company!
......
 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).
...... 
Johnnie 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 is 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.
...... 
Nancy Hanks Lincoln is buried in Spencer County, Indiana.
......
 Crawfordsville, Indiana (Montgomery County) is the
only site in the world where Crinoids are found.
...... 
The Lincoln Museum in Allen County contains the
world's largest private collection of President Abraham Lincoln.
...... 
Buffaloes roamed in Indiana at the Needmore Buffalo
Farm in Harrison County.
...... 
Pendleton, Indiana was the site of the "Fall Creek
Massacre". A museum housing 3500 artifacts of
 pioneer heritage now exists on that site.
...... 
North of Lafayette is the site of the Battle of
Tippecanoe, where on November 7,           
1811, William Henry Harrison's forces defeated the
 Native American  confederacy  
formed by the famous Shawnee chief Tecumseh.
......     
St. Meinrad Archabbey is located in Spencer County
and is one of only 2 archabbey 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.
...... 
You can't ship wine to Indiana.
...... 
Indiana has one of the highest-rated scholastic
 rankings in the United  States and is home to some of the most famous
universities in the world  (i.e. IU, Purdue, Notre Dame, etc...)
...... 
The much sought after Hoosier Cabinets are an
 Indiana product.
...... 
90% of the world's popcorn is grown in Indiana.
..... 
Indiana has earned the nickname "Mother of
Vice-Presidents". There have been five 
men from Indiana elected as vice-presidents:
 Schuyler Colfax,
 Thomas A Hendricks,
 Charles W. Fairbanks,
Thomas Marshall
 and Dan Quayle.
......
 The first successful goldfish farm in the United
 States was opened in  Martinsville in  1899.  
......
 Santa Claus, Indiana receives over one half million
letters and requests at Christmas time.
......  
Al Capone had a famous shoot out at a roadside
speakeasy in McCordsville, Indiana.
......         
Famously:
  Kevin Kline graduated from Indiana University.
...... 
Mark Spitz " " " " "
...... 
Jane Pauley " " " "
...... 
David Letterman graduated from Ball State in
 Muncie, Indiana.
...... 
Don Mattingly a former professional baseball
"Rookie of the Year" is a
 native of Evansville.
...... 
Larry Bird, one of the greatest basketball players
 in history is a native of French Lick Indiana.
...... 
Bob Greise, famous football player, is from Indiana.
...... 
Toni Tenille (of The Captain and Tenille) is from Indiana.
......
 Oprah Winfrey built her residence in Indiana.
...... 
John Mellancamp, singer/songwriter, is a Hoosier
born and raised in Seymour (just west of Osgood)
and now resides in Bloomington.
...... 
Vivica A. Fox, actress, is from Indianapolis, Indiana.
......  
Jim Davis, creator of Garfield, is from Marion, Indiana.
......
 Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United
 States; lived in  Indianapolis, where he practiced law.
....... 
Bill Blass, fashion designer; was born in Fort Wayne. 
...... 
James Dean, famous actor was born in Marion, Indiana.
He is bured in Fairmount, In
....... 
Kurt Vonnegut Jr, well-known author, is from
Indianapolis, Indiana.
....... 
The Jackson Five, as well as all the famous
 Jackson's (Michael, Janet,  LaToya)are 
from Indiana.
....... 
Florence Henderson is from Indiana.
...... 
Shelley Long, actress, is from Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
.......     
Red Skelton, comedian, was from Vincennes, Indiana.
.......     
Wilbur Wright, inventor, was from Millville, Indiana.
......     
Charles Manson spent some time incarcerated in Indiana.
....... 
Indiana convicted Mike Tyson and exacted payment
for his assault on a Hoosier young lady
(nobody assaults our women and gets away with it!)
...... 
 Now you know some interesting facts about Indiana
 
Thanks to Gary McCoy for the forward, author unknown, some local embelishment provided by the poster. Additions are welcomed!

 
The meaning of HOOSIER...
Some say it was because the Kentuckians never knew who thier dad was, so when they met someone from across the "long pond", they wuz always askin'  who'sur daddy?