Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Fun facts about Indiana

Well, Memorial Day weekend is over. We tip our hats and hearts to those who have served and who still serve in our stead.

The Indy 500 enjoyed great weather and attendance. Helio won on the track and in the IRS court. Danika made a good showing also (in person and in the car).

Thought we would share some fun little known facts about Indiana as a form of an introduction to our great state. Future posts will share economic and housing news as it affects our market.


Santa Claus, Indiana, receives more than one-half million letters and requests at Christmas time.

In June 1972, Lowell Elliot of Peru, Indiana, was said to have found $500,000 in cash on his farm. It appeared as if the money had fallen from the sky. And in fact, it did. A skyjacker parachuting out of a plane had dropped his stolen profits over Elliot’s farm. Elliot returned the money to the authorities.

The first successful goldfish farm in the United States was opened in Martinsville, Indiana, in 1899.

In a typical year, almost half of all cropland in Indiana is planted in corn.

During Prohibition, the Al Brady and John Dillinger gangs were patrons of the Slippery Noodle Inn, one of Indiana's oldest bars. Established in 1850, the Inn considered itself Indiana's oldest bar. The gangs used the building in the rear (originally a horse stable for the Inn) for target practice. Today, several bullets remain embedded in the lower east wall.

The Indiana Dunes region provides habitat for many unusual plants, including prickly pear cactus, lichen mosses, bearberry, and more than 20 varieties of orchids.

There have been five men from Indiana who have been elected vice president: Schuyler Colfax, Thomas A. Hendricks, Charles W. Fairbanks, Thomas Marshall and Dan Quayle. They have earned Indiana the nickname "Mother of Vice Presidents."

....compiled from Indy Tourism

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