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Indiana Overview

The nickname's origin is not really clear: some say it derived from Sam Hoosier who preferred to hire workers from certain regions of the state because he said they were the best and better than from other regions. Other say that it just derived from the slang form of: Who is here.
The name, "Indiana", was coined by Congress in 1800 which means, "Land of the Indians".
The state flag of Indiana has 19 gold stars and gold torch on a blue field. The torch represents liberty and enlightenment. The rays represent far-reaching influence. The stars in the outer circle represent the 13 original states; those in the inner circle are for the five states admitted to the Union next. The star above above the torch represents Indiana, the 19th state. The flag was adopted in 1917.
From 1805-1813, the capital of the Indiana Territory was Vincennes and moved to Corydon from 1813 to 1825. Now a state memorial, the building also served as the Harrison County Courthouse. Indianapolis became the capital on January 12, 1825.

You may know that James Dean was born in Indiana. But did you know that Steve McQueen was as well?
You may know that the Indianapolis 500 race is the largest single-day sporting event in the world, but did you know that Wolf Park near Lafayette is the only known private facility where wolves are allowed to interact with bison?
And did you know that it's quite likely that the microwave popcorn you're munching was grown in Indiana's golden fields?

Daylight Saving Time or not?
Most of Indiana remains permanently on Eastern Standard Time without observing Daylight Savings Time. However, 11 counties in northwest and southwest Indiana observe Central Daylight Time. In addition, five counties in the south and southeast unofficially observe Eastern Daylight Time. Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in April, when clocks are advanced one hour, and ends at 2 a.m. the last Sunday in October, when clocks are turned back one hour.



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