And you thought there was only Cecil in Indiana

Submitted by BG on 8/30/05 at 10:50 AM. ( )

Cecil I thought I would give you an update, since you didn't know they
raised watermelons in Indiana.

> I'll bet you didn't know...... > >
Tomato juice was first served at a French Lick Hotel in 1925. The first tomato juice factory was also in French Lick, IN.

The world's largest orchid species collection is found at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

The first regulated speed limit on Indiana roads was initiated in 1921. 20 - 25 mph! >

An average of 400 funnel clouds are sighted each year in Indiana.

The city of Gary, Indiana, was built on fill brought from the bottom of Lake Michigan through suction pipes.

There are only two Adams fireplaces in the United States. One is in the White House and the other in the Diner Home in Indiana.

Josie Orr, wife of former Indiana Governor Robert Orr, flew bombers and cargo planes during World War II.

The Indianapolis Methodist Hospital is the largest Hospital in the Midwest.

One of the first complete bathrooms in Indianapolis was in the home of Hoosier poet, James Whitcomb Riley.

The career of Dorothy Lamour (famous for the Crosby-Hope > Road Movies) was launched in Indianapolis.

Aviatrix Amelia Earhart was once a Professor at Purdue University.

Crown Hill Cemetery (Indianapolis) is the largest cemetery in the U.S.

The library in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana houses one of the largest genealogy libraries in America.

Wabash, Indiana was the first electrified city in the U.S.

Pendleton,Indiana was the site of the first hanging of a white man for killing Indians. >

The Courthouse roof in Greensburg, Indiana has a tree growing from it.

The world's first transistor radio was made in Indianapolis.

Clark Gable and wife Carole Lombard (a Hoosier) honeymooned at Lake Barbee near Warsaw, Indiana.

The American Beauty Rose was developed at Richmond, Indiana.

Elkhart, Indiana is the band instrument capitol of the World.

Frank Sinatra first sang with the Tommy Dorsey band at the Lyric Theater in Indianapolis.

Purdue Alumnus, Earl Butz, served as the Secretary of Agriculture.

U.S. 231 is the longest highway in Indiana (231miles).

Johnny Appleseed is buried at Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The singing McGuire Sisters spent their childhood summers at the Church of God Campground in Anderson,Indiana.

The main station of the Underground Railroad was in Fountain County, Indiana.. > >

There are 154 acres of sculpture gardens and trails at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

La Porte County is the only county in America having 2 functioning Courthouses. I think we can add Vanderburgh County in with that also.

Nancy Hanks Lincoln is buried in Posey County,Indiana.

Crawfordsville, Indiana (Montgomery County) is the only site in the World where crinoids are found. (What is a crinoid, you ask? A form of deep-water marine life that looks something like a starfish.)

Pendleton, Indiana was the site of the 'Fall Creek Massacre.'
A museum housing 3500 artifacts of pioneer heritage now exists on that site.

St. Meinrad Archabbey is located in Spencer County and is one of only 2 archabbeys in the U.S. and seven in the world. (Abbey Press is an operation of the archabbey.)

A Buzz Bomb (German - WWII), believed to be the only one on public display in the nation, can be found on the Putnam County Courthouse lawn in Greencastle. > >

Roberta Turpin Willett was born in Indiana.
Red Skelton was born in Vincennes, Indiana.
Mae West was from Bedford, Indiana. (as was Claude Akins)
Forrest Tucker(actor) was from Pendleton, Indiana.
You can't ship wine to Indiana. (So how does it get > here?)
Bob Greise is from Evansville, Indiana. (Purdue boy)
Toni Tenille (of The Captain and Tenille) is from Indiana.
Oprah Winfrey built her residence in Indiana.
Florence Henderson is from Indiana.
John Mellancamp is a Hoosier and resides in Bloomington.

The much sought-after Hoosier Cabinets are an Indiana product.

90% of the world's popcorn is grown in Indiana.

The Jackson Five are from Indiana as well as 'SuperFan' Russ McLeod.

The birthplace of the automobile, the pneumatic rubber tire, the aluminum casting process, stainless steel and the first push-button car radio was in Kokomo,Indiana. >

The birthplace of liberal taxidermy was in Indiana.

> Pretty neat, huh? And you thought there was only corn and Cecil in > Indiana. > > >

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Actually I was calling your bluff on the watermellons

This response submitted by Cecil - Baird Fish Taxidermy and Fish Farm on 8/30/05 at 10:59 AM. ( )

and you socked it to me.

You forgot a couple: The KKK got it's start in Indiana as did Jim Jones. Yuk!

Very few liberals from here but they can be noteworthy like James Dean the movie star.

I wasn't born in Indiana though so I'm technically not a Hoosier.


This response submitted by charles on 8/30/05 at 11:09 AM. ( )

I thought the KKK was an established organization started by Gen Nathan Bedford forrest in Pulaski, TENNESSEE. May be I'm wrong but I was interested in the pin-headed ideology of their ilk as a young man, only to see the light and the truth. Another truth Cecil? The Democratic party was and still is in many parts of the south, the party of choice for KKK members.


This response submitted by charles on 8/30/05 at 11:23 AM. ( )

for your benefit Cecil, I was in error....the KKK was created on Christmas Eve 1865 by John Lester, Calvin Jones, Richard Reed, John Kennedy and James Crow...


This response submitted by Hoosier Daddy on 8/30/05 at 11:46 AM. ( )

You sparked my interest and that's one piece of history I DIDN'T want to claim. You were right. Most know Indiana for James Dean and Hoosier Basketball.(Bobby Knight) Peace.

The modern day Klan was

This response submitted by Cecil - Baird Fish Taxidermy and Fish Farm on 8/30/05 at 12:07 PM. ( )

started in Indiana and the first Grand Dragon was David Stephenson of Indiana. The one you are talking about was started just after the end of the civil war and was dissolved during WWI.

I suppose you're correct though -- the KKK concept started in Tenneesee.

Bobby Knight's something to brag about? He's an ass.

Oh and don't go hunting with Bobby

This response submitted by Cecil - Baird Fish Taxidermy and Fish Farm on 8/30/05 at 12:15 PM. ( )

He's accidentally shot people while hunting twice!

Yes Cecil

This response submitted by Jeff F. on 8/30/05 at 12:26 PM. ( )

Bobby is something to brag about in my book. As a person he certainly had some "issues", but as a coach his resume is incredible. Bet you didn't know he coached at West Point. I didn't!

I judge the person over anything else

This response submitted by Cecil - Baird Fish Taxidermy and Fish Farm on 8/30/05 at 2:09 PM. ( )

winning isn't everything.

That's why

This response submitted by BG on 8/30/05 at 2:12 PM. ( )

They call coach Knight the "General"

I was born and raised in Vincennes, Indiana, graduated from IU in 1976 when we won the ncaa championship with Coach Knight.

I transferred to IU - Bloomington

This response submitted by Cecil - Baird Fish Taxidermy and Fish Farm on 8/30/05 at 2:49 PM. ( )

in 82 after earning an undergrad degree from a college in Michigan. NO offense BG but I wasn't very impressed with IU. After a year there I didn't go back. But the wife graduated from IU with a full scholarship.

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