I am off to Indiana on an airplane to attend a wedding!
My niece is getting married Saturday!
As most of you know, I am originally from Indiana. It is not my favorite place in the world, but it is where my mommy and some of my family live. So needs dictate that I must return occasionally. I am glad this is one of the happier reasons to return!
State Abbreviation - IN
State Capital - Indianapolis
Largest City - Indianapolis
Area - 36,420 square miles [Indiana is the 38th biggest state in the USA]
Population - 6,080,485 (as of 2000) [Indiana is the 14th most populous state in the USA]
Name for Residents - Indianians or Hoosiers
Major Industries - agriculture (corn, soybeans, wheat), manufacturing, mining (coal, limestone), steel-making
Major Rivers - Ohio River, Wabash River, White River, Tippecanoe River
Major Lakes - Mississinewa Lake, Lake Michigan
Highest Point - Hoosier Hill, Wayne County (near Richmond in east-central Indiana) - 1,257 feet (383 m) above sea level
Bordering States - Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio
Origin of the Name Indiana - Indiana is a word that refers to the local Indians.
State Nickname - Hoosier State
State Motto - "The Crossroads of America"
State Song - "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away," by Paul Dresser