Indiana – The Hoosier State

Indiana Postcard

Greetings from Indiana, The Hoosier State. Postcards and Posters are available at Legends’ General Store.

One of eight states in the Great Lakes region, the state’s name means “Land of the Indians.” Known as the Hoosier State, the term’s meaning is debated but has referenced those living there since the early 1820s. It is the 38th largest state by area and the 17th most populous. Its capital is the largest city, Indianapolis. It is one of 13 U.S. States divided into more than one time zone. Most of the state observes Eastern Time; however, 12 counties currently observe Central Time. Although Indiana had not observed Daylight Savings Time in the past, starting in April 2006, the entire state changed its clocks to DST.

Visitors enjoy a range of scenes from quiet hills to sand dunes to Lake Michigan’s shores. More adventure can be found in the vibrant city of Indianapolis & its famous motor speedway, touring numerous Amish communities and charming towns that border the Ohio River, or a trip to Brown County, dubbed ‘The Art Colony of the Midwest.’

Indiana was admitted to the Union on December 11, 1816.

Indiana FlagFlag of Indiana – A gold torch surrounded by an outer circle of thirteen stars, an inner semi-circle of five stars, and a 19th, larger star at the top of the torch, crowned by the word ‘Indiana,’ representing Indiana’s admission to the Union as the 19th state. It was officially adopted on May 31, 1917, and has remained unchanged. A previous ‘unofficial’ flag featured a buffalo and the state seal.

Great Lakes of North America

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Photo Gallery

Potawatomi Trail of Death

Midland Trail – First Transcontinental Auto-Trail

The National Road – Connecting Mountains and Rivers

New Harmony, Indiana – Utopia in the Midwest

Old Northwest Territory

Reno Gang & the 1st Big Train Robbery

“Hell’s Belle” Gunness – Black Widow of the Midwest

Bonneyville Mill, Bristol Indiana

The Bonneyville Mill site dates back to 1832, but the actual Mill didn’t open until 1837 (despite the historic name and date painted on it). Photo by Kathy Alexander.

Shipshewana, IN - Autumn Display

Shipshewana, IN – Autumn Display by Kathy Alexander

Blakenship, Indiana General Store, 1939

Resting in front of General Store, Blankenship, Indiana. Photo by Author Rothstein, 1939.

©Kathy Alexander/Legends of America, updated February 2024.

Also See:

Destinations Across America

National Parks

United States Geography

U.S. States