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State motto:
The Crossroads of America
Indiana is the 19th U.S. state and is located in the Midwest region of the United States of America. With over six million residents, it is ranked 15th in population and 17th in population density. It is 38th in land area. Indiana is bounded on the north by Lake Michigan and the state of Michigan; on the east by Ohio; on the south by Kentucky, with which it shares the Ohio River as a border; and on the west by Illinois. Indiana is one of the Great Lakes states. As of 2006, Indiana has an estimated population of 6,313,520, which is an increase of 47,501, or 0.8%, from the prior year and an increase of 233,003, or 3.8%, since the year 2000. The total gross state product in 2005 was US$214 billion in 2000 chained dollars. Indiana's per capita income, as of 2005, was US$31,150. The Calumet region of northwest Indiana is the largest steel producing area in the U.S.

Indiana is a diverse state with a few large urban areas and a number of smaller industrial cities. It is best known for the Indianapolis 500 American automobile race, held annually over the Memorial Day weekend, and a strong basketball tradition, often called Hoosier Hysteria. Residents of Indiana are called Hoosiers. The state's name means "Land of the Indians" and Angel Mounds State Historic Site, one of the best preserved prehistoric Native American sites in the United States, can be found in southern Indiana.

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Reno Gange
The Reno Brothers Gang, was a group of criminals from Rockport, Indiana, and the first outlaw brotherhood in the United States. The gang was led by Frank Reno (pictured) and operated in the Midwestern United States during and just after the American Civil War. Though short-lived, they carried out the first three peacetime train robberies in U.S. history. Most of the stolen money was never recovered.

The gang was hunted and captured by the Pinkerton Detective Agency until all its members were captured. The gang was broken after two lynchings incidents that by vigilante mobs in 1868 that killed ten of the members at Hangman Crossing and New Albany. The murders created an international diplomatic incident with Canada and Great Britain, a general public uproar, and international newspaper coverage. No one was ever identified or prosecuted for the crimes.

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Beck's Mill, before restoration
Credit: C. Bedford Crenshaw
Beck's Mill, one of the last Indiana grain mills still standing, was reopened in 2008.

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  • June 23: On the campaign trail in the USA, May 2016
  • May 5: Indiana primaries: Bernie Sanders wins Democratic, Donald Trump wins Republican
  • May 8: Indiana Governor signs needle exchange program
  • February 8: Cancer kills Niki Quasney, Indiana gay marriage pioneer
  • November 13: Two-time plane crash survivor, Austin Hatch, scores first goal in college sports

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KeKe Wyatt (born as Ketara Shavon Wyatt, March 10, 1982, Indianapolis, Indiana), is a multi-talented Multiracial-American R&B recording artist mostly noted for her soulful vocal style and exotic looks. She became popular after a highly successful collaboration with R&B singer Avant on his platinum album My Thoughts. This led to her debut Certified Gold album Soul Sista in 2001, and a promising solo career with MCA Records. Her career experienced a temporary halt in 2002, however, after she allegedly stabbed her road manager-husband.

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Downtown Indianapolis
Indianapolis is the capital city of the State of Indiana, and the county seat of Marion County, Indiana. According to the 2000 Census, its population is listed as 791,926, making it Indiana's most populous city, the 13th largest city in the U.S. and the third largest city in the Midwest. A city that has managed to escape a Rust Belt reputation, Indianapolis is well known as a city with a strong sports reputation, having hosted major events such as the 1987 Pan American Games, the NCAA Basketball Tournament and is perhaps most famous for annually hosting the Indianapolis 500. Common nicknames for Indianapolis include the Circle City, Indy, and the Crossroads of America.

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The State of Indiana
Flag of Indiana State seal of Indiana
Flag of Indiana Seal
Nickname(s): The Hoosier State
Motto(s): The Crossroads of America
Map of the United States with Indiana highlighted
Official language English
Capital Indianapolis
Largest city Indianapolis
Largest metro Indianapolis-Carmel MSA
Area Ranked 38th
 • Total 36,418 sq mi
(94,321 km2)
 • Width 140 miles (225 km)
 • Length 270 miles (435 km)
 • % water 1.5
 • Latitude 37° 46′ N to 41° 46′ N
 • Longitude 84° 47′ W to 88° 6′ W
Population Ranked 15th
 • Total 6,080,485
 • Density 169.5/sq mi  (65.46/km2)
Ranked 16th
Elevation
 • Highest point Hoosier Hill[1]
1,257 ft (383 m)
 • Mean 689 ft  (210 m)
 • Lowest point Ohio River[1]
320 ft (98 m)
Admission to Union December 11, 1816 (19th)
Governor Mike Pence (R) (2013)
Lieutenant Governor Susan Ellspermann (R) (2013)
Legislature Indiana General Assembly
 • Upper house Senate
 • Lower house House of Representatives
U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly (D)
Dan Coats (R)
U.S. House delegation List
Time zones  
 • 80 counties Eastern UTC-5/-4
 • 12 counties in
Evansville and
Gary Metro Areas
Central: UTC-6/-5
ISO 3166 US-IN
Abbreviations IN
Website www.in.gov

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... the strongest of all governments is that which is most free.
William Henry Harrison, in an 1828 letter to Simón Bolívar
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Coordinates: 40°N 86°W / 40°N 86°W / 40; -86

  1. ^ a b "Elevations and Distances in the United States". U.S Geological Survey. 29 April 2005. Retrieved 2006-11-06. 
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