Indiana became the 19th state in 1816 and has a rich history. Indianapolis is the state's capital and the largest city in the state. Only part of the state observes daylight savings time. Most of the eastern part of the state observes Eastern Standard Time, and the western half of the state observes Central Standard Time.
Not only does Indiana have a town called Santa Claus, the town it receives more than a 500,000 letters to Santa each year. Indiana is not a strange location for bizarre laws. It is illegal to fish in the state with dynamite or firearms. The town of Martinsville is home to the first goldfish farm, which opened there in 1899. Those who happen to be driving along U.S. 41 in Indiana are excited to see a 20-foot tall peach, marking the location of a produce market. There are more than 20 different types of orchids found in the Indiana dunes region of the state, and Indiana is rich in fertile farmland, producing 1/5 of all of the corn grown in the United States. Although "Back Home Again in Indiana" is one of the most popular songs about the state, the official state song is actually "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away."