How much do you know about the state of Indiana? Here are some fun and interesting trivia facts! Everything you’ll need to know about Indiana from A to Z!
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A is for Agriculture
Did you know more than 70 percent of the state of Indiana is farmland?
B is for Bridges
Indiana is home to tons of historic bridges including covered bridges, suspension bridges, and iron bridges.
C is for Counties
Did you know Indiana is home to 92 different counties? This is the biggest reason why every county can’t be featured in every article! Woah!
D is for Dinosaurs
Did you know that because Indiana is not home to any Mesozoic rocks, it is unlikely Indiana was ever home to any dinosaurs? There have, however, been fossils of more than 60 different species of Cyathocrinites found in Crawfordsville. This is why Cyathocrinites (which is an extinct marine animal) was named the state fossil.
E is for European
Did you know the first known European to visit the state of Indiana was French Explorer Rene'-Robert Cavalier sierur de La Salle back in 1679?
F is for Fish
The state fish of Indiana is the largemouth bass.
G is for Ghost Towns
H is for Hoosier
This one is pretty self-explanatory…
I is for Insects
J is for Jazz
Jazz is pretty popular in Indiana as our state is home to tons of Jazz festivals!
K is for Kids
Indiana is a very kid-friendly state with tons of things for kids to do!
L is for Lakes
Indiana is home to tons of lakes including Lake Wawasee, Lake Michigan, and Monroe Lake.
M is for Museums
N is for Natives
Did you know Indiana means Land of the Indians?
O is for Observatories
Indiana is home to several observatories including the Kirkwood Observatory and the Prairie Grass Observatory.
P is for Parks
Indiana is home to some of the most beautiful state parks I’ve ever seen. In fact, I wrote a piece back in May featuring
12 incredible state parks in Indiana
you have to check out!
Q is for Quarter
The Indiana state quarter was issued in 2002.
R is for Reptiles
Did you know reptiles from the 1930’s that lived in Indiana can still be found in the state? This includes the copperbelly watersnake and the eastern massasauge which are both endangered.
S is for Sports
Between the Colts, the Pacers, and the Indianapolis 500, sports are a pretty big deal here.
T is for Trees
Did you know more than 100 different species of trees are native to the state of Indiana? Before the pioneers moved here, more than 80 percent of our state was forested. Sadly, less than 20 percent is forested now.
U is for Underground
Did you know several of the cities in Indiana were once stations for the Underground Railroad? Fountain County was actually one of the main stations.
V is for Vegetation
Did you know that in the dunes alone there are over 1,000 different plant species? Cool!
W is for Weather
The weather of Indiana is very popularly joked about because you can experience all four seasons in the same week.
X is for Xmas
Being home to Santa Claus, Indiana, it is no surprise we are a state pretty big on Christmas!
Y is for Yorktown
Believe it or not, the letter Y was the most difficult letter in this list. 92 counties and not one of them starts with the letter Y. In fact, Yorktown is the only city in Indiana that starts with the letter Y. Did you know that?
Z is for Zoos
There are tons of incredible zoos in Indiana. In fact, I wrote an article back in June featuring
7 incredible zoos in Indiana
you really should check out!
Did you learn something new while reading this list? Can you think of any other fun facts about Indiana? Share with me in the comments! Be sure to share this with your know-it-all friends!