The 19th state of the union, Indiana means ‘Land of the Indians’. A Midwestern state that has shifted its capital several times, made Indianapolis its state capital in the year 1825 that was about nine years after the state was admitted to the US as the 19th state. Home to the world’s largest children’s museum and many more, Indianapolis, the capital of Indiana is famous for so many reasons. Having a size of about 368 square miles, it is the 16th largest city in the U.S. A great travel destination and also a very much livable city, there are a few things that you would like to know about this lively US city. Even if you think that you know everything about this city having a nickname ‘Naptown’, still you will love to go through these most intriguing facts about the capital of Indiana. Let’s dive in.
Interesting Facts To Know About Indianapolis, The Capital Of Indiana:
Indianapolis is the largest U.S city that does not locate on a navigable river.
Having the most interstate legs in the United States, the capital of Indiana receives the state nickname of the “Crossroads of America”.
The Hoosier capital holds the second position in having the monuments and memorials in the United States of America. It is only second to Washington D.C.
Before Indianapolis, the state capital of Indiana was Corydon, It was only in the year 1821 when Indianapolis replaced Corydon.
Indy 500 which is the largest single-day sporting event in the world is organized in Indianapolis.
Having an area of about 253 acres, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the largest sporting facility in the whole world.
Are pre-sliced loaves of bread your morning breakfast staple? Then you will be glad to know that sliced bread was invented in Indianapolis, the capital of Indiana.
Indianapolis makes more popcorn than any other state in the USA.
The name of the city, Indianapolis is taken from its state’s name, Indiana. And Polis is the Greek word for the city’.
According to ‘Men’s Health’ magazine, Indianapolis is the most sexually satisfied city in the country.
Indianapolis has eight sister cities around the world. They are Taipai in Taiwan, Monza in Italy, Campinas in Brazil, Onitsha in Nigeria, Piran in Slovenia, Cologne in Germany, Hyderabad in India, and Northampton Shire County in the UK.
Indiana’s oldest bar, the Slippery Noodle Inn, is located in Indianapolis.
If you want to see the skull of the newly-discovered Dracorex hogwartsia dinosaur, you have to visit the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art is the 9th oldest and 8th largest encyclopedic art museum in the United States.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis the world’s largest children’s museum that sprawls over 44,000 square meters of land and five floors of exhibit halls.
Music legend Elvis Presley’s last performance was in Indianapolis in the year 1977. His last concert of life was in the year 1977 just three months before his death.
Indianapolis Zoo is the only zoo in the country to be accredited as a zoo, an aquarium, and a botanical garden by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the American Alliance of Museums.
The first union station in the US was opened in Indianapolis, the capital of Indiana in the year 1853.
The largest half-marathon of the country is hosted in Indianapolis with over 35,000 runners.
The capital of Indiana is the only largest city in the country that does not utilize a major body of water. It sits on the bank of the White River which can not be navigated.
Indie Scream Park Haunted House, situated near Indianapolis is the best-haunted house in the nation.
It is illegal to take a bath in Indianapolis between the months of October and March.
Compared to the other large cities of the country, the cost of living in Indianapolis is less.
There are also some weird laws in Indianapolis. One of such laws is that no Indianapolis resident is allowed to ride his/her horse over 10 MPH in the capital of Indiana.
Also, one can not throw a stone at a bird in the capital of Indiana if it is not meant for self-defense.
The city claims to be the home to the world’s largest Christmas tree. The tree is adorned with 52 strands of garland and nearly 5,000 lights on display.
The Slippery Noodle Inn which is the oldest bar in Indiana is located in Indianapolis.
Richard Gatling, who is the inventor of the Gatling gun, was born in Indianapolis, the capital of Indiana.
Lucas Oil Stadium is the largest National Football League stadium in the country.
It is so fascinating to know that, the champion of the Indy 500 celebrates his victory by taking a sip of milk. They do not celebrate with champagne or something else.
So these were a few of the most noteworthy facts to know about the capital of Indiana which you might not know about this thriving and buzzing Midwestern city before going through this post. We shall come back with more such captivating articles and we want you to also come back to us every day to have such wonderful reads. See you real soon!