1. The state insect is the firefly, the state fossil is the mastodon, but Indiana has no state fish or state mammal.
…You know. Priorities. Interestingly, the land viper was considered for the nickname “State Mammal,” but nothing was ever made official. But at least we have a condition fossil.
2. There are almost 1,000 lakes in Indiana – just over 900 to be exact.
Lake Michigan is just the beginning. There are hundreds – and hundreds – of lakes throughout the state of Indiana. The largest artificial lake in Indiana is Lake Monroe at 10,750 acres. Lake Wawasee is the largest natural lake in Indiana, with more than 3,500 beautiful acres. The deepest lake in Indiana is Lake Tippecanoe, which has water depths of up to 120 feet.
3. There are more than 100 wineries in Indiana.
We’ve made many articles about the various wineries in Indiana, including the beautiful one pictured above. When people think of Indiana, the first thing they usually think of is something like “corn,” but maybe it should be “wine.”
4. Santa Claus is in Indiana
No seriously. The town of Santa Claus, Indiana is a delightfully fun little town where Christmas is all year round. It is literally someone’s job at Santa’s to answer letters sent to the man himself by children from across the nation. The North Pole is out, the Midwest is in. Oh, and did we mention Santa Claus has an awesome holiday-themed amusement park? whoop
5. Indiana is almost three times the size of the nation of Taiwan.
Get this: Indiana is approximately 35,867 square miles. Taiwan is approximately 13,892 square miles. This makes Indiana 158% larger than all of Taiwan.
6. Garfield the Cat hails from Fairmount, Indiana, according to creator Jim Davis.
Everyone’s favorite lazy, lasagna-eating cat hails from nowhere but Fairmount, Indiana. Davis chose this general area as a sort of “all-American” type of place that most people could relate to in some way. Given the incredible success of his comic strip, we assume he was right!
7. Numerous notable celebrities have been born in Indiana, from Michael Jackson (and the Jackson 5) to David Letterman and Axl Rose (of Guns N’ Roses) and beyond.
Of course, there’s a lot more than just them — and the list only grows as you decide to include celebs, politicians, and others who weren’t
born here, but spent a decent chunk of their lives here, like President Abraham Lincoln.
8. Nobody really knows why on earth we’re the Hoosier State.
There are many theories. None of these are confirmed. We think it’s fun.
9. There are catacombs under City Market in Indy.
Yes, there are literal underground catacombs in Indiana, although thankfully they aren’t filled to the brim with corpses. In this case, the Catacombs (beneath City Market in Indianapolis) were used to move goods and inventory from place to place, but are now dormant — except in October when City Market offers tours of the Catacombs.
10. The first railroad robbery in US history occurred in Indiana.
On October 6, 1866, in Jackson County, Indiana, brothers John and Simeon Reno planned and carried out the first railroad robbery in United States history. They walked away with $13,000, which is roughly $242,664.21 these days.
11. Indiana has more kilometers of Interstate Highway per square mile than any other state.
INDOT manages approximately 29,800 miles of highway in the state of Hoosier. I-65 used to be the longest freeway in Indiana (261.27 miles long) until it was surpassed by I-69 (294 miles long).
12. We can thank Indiana for things like rear-view mirrors and sliced bacon.
Yes that’s right. Who cares about the best since sliced bread when you can have the best since sliced bacon? There are many unexpectedly great (and/or helpful) inventions from Indiana, but we think bacon might be our favorite.
Which of these fun Indiana facts are your favorites? Let us know.
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