Here’s my little celebration of Indiana’s 200 Birthday.
200 Years Ago Today (December, 11th, 1816) Indiana was admitted to the Union as the 19th state! Happy Birthday, Indiana! It’s Indiana’s Bicentennial!
- The 1800 census counted 5,640 people in the Indiana Territory. Today, our population is around 6.5 million people!
- Indiana was the name given to the Indiana Territory by the United States Congress when Indiana was created from the Northwest Territory in 1800. Indiana means Land of Indians.
- Our first capital was Corydon!
- Why are we called Indianapolis? Jeremiah Sullivan, a judge of the Indiana Supreme Court, invented the name Indianapolis. He joined Indiana with polis. “Polis” is the Greek word for city; technically we are called “Indiana City” if you think about it lol.
- Nickname(s) of Indianapolis: Naptown, 317, Crossroads of America, Racing Capital of the World, and Amateur Sports Capital of the World.
- Our area code has been 317. Now we are adding 463 because we have so many numbers!
- Indiana is 270 miles long and 140 miles wide. Longitude: 84° 49' W to 88° 4' W Latitude: 37° 47' N to 41° 46' N
- The Indiana state quarter was officially unveiled on August 8, 2002 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Hoosier State’s quarter is centered around a modern “Indy” car calling attention to the world-famous Indianapolis 500 and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
- Our teams? Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Indians, and Indy Eleven.
Sources: Library Of Congress
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P.S. I was born in Altanta, Georgia. But I call Indiana home.
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