Indiana may be best known for the annual Indianapolis 500–which, by the way, celebrates its 100th anniversary on May 29, 2016–the state enjoys other claims to fame. Here are just a few.
Raggedy Ann’s creator, children’s author and illustrator Johnny Gruelle, got the idea for his red-headed moppet after finding a homemade rag doll in the attic of his parents’ Indianapolis home. He later designed and patented his creation.
Though most commonly known as the Hoosier State, Indiana is also nicknamed “The Mother of Vice-Presidents.” Five VPs claim Indiana as home: Schuyler Colfax (Grant administration), Thomas A. Hendricks (Cleveland), Charles W. Fairbanks (T. Roosevelt), Thomas Marshall (Wilson), and after a sixty-eight-year lapse Dan Quayle (G. H. W. Bush).
The Slippery Noodle Inn, established in 1850, is one of Indianapolis’s oldest bars and was a favorite hangout of John Dillinger and his gang during Prohibition.
The little town of Santa Claus, located in southwestern Indiana, receives thousands of letters each Christmas.
The Parke County Covered Bridge Festival is the state’s largest festival. With thirty-one historic bridges, the area is also known as the Covered Bridge Capital of the World.
Limestone from Indiana was used in the building of the Empire State Building and the Pentagon.
These are just a few fun facts that celebrate the Hoosier State. Feel free to add more in the comments.