Every week, we walk into a bar in a new state. We want to know what makes a good bar (and what makes a good church), so we ask people about it. Come on, sit at the bar with us!
Monday, September 12, 2016
6 startling Indiana facts
1. The state food is sugar cream pie, but Mindy prefers ice cream (Marion, Indiana, is the birthplace of Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield.)
2. The name means "Indian Land." Various tribes settled in the area beginning with the Paleo Indians around 8,000 BC, and Indiana tribes continued to defend the area against English incursion even after the end of the French and Indian War in 1763. In 1810, Tecumseh and his brother (called "the Prophet") encouraged other tribes to join them in resisting European settlement.
3. The motto of the state is "The Crossroads of America"
4. Indianapolis is the largest city in the state. It's also the capital.
5. Indiana is a leading corn and soybean producer in the United States.
6. There's less than a thousand feet difference between the state's highest point (Hoosier Hill, 1257 feet above sea level) and the lowest (the confluence of the Wabash and Ohio Rivers, 320 feet).