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Other Stuff!

  • The State Motto, “The Crossroads of America,” was adopted by the Indiana General Assembly in 1937.
  • The 1996 General Assembly adopted the Wabash River as the State River. The Wabash flows from Ohio through Indiana to the Indiana/Illinois border before flowing south to the Ohio River.
  • The State Stone, Salem Limestone, which is quarried in south and central Indiana, was adopted by the 1971 General Assembly.
  • In 1984, English was made Indiana’s Official Language. In 1995, American Sign Language was also recognized as a standard, independent language used by the hearing, deaf and hard-of-hearing in Indiana and throughout the United States.
  • Arthur Franklin Mapes of Kendalville penned the state poem, Indiana, which was adopted by the 1963 General Assembly.

 

Indiana

God crowned her hills with beauty,
Gave her lakes and winding streams,
Then He edged them all with woodlands
As the setting for our dreams.

Lovely are her moonlit rivers,
Shadowed by the sycamores,
Where the fragrant winds of Summer
Play along the willowed shores.

I must roam those wooded hillsides,
I must heed the native call,
For a pagan voice within me
Seems to answer to it all.

I must walk where squirrels scamper
Down a rustic old rail fence,
Where a choir of birds is singing
In the woodland … green and dense.

I must learn more of my homeland
For it's paradise to me,
There's no haven quite as peaceful,
There's no place I'd rather be.

Indiana … is a garden
Where the seeds of peace have grown,
Where each tree, and vine, and flower
Has a beauty … all its own.

Lovely are the fields and meadows,
That reach out to hills that rise
Where the dreamy Wabash River
Wanders on … through paradise.

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