What Is Indiana Known For?

Indiana is known as the birthplace of iconic 50s actor James Dean, late-night talk show legend David Letterman and singers Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Axl Rose and Babyface. Activist Jimmy Hoffa, gangster John Dillinger and aviation pioneer Wilbur Wright were all from Indiana.

Indiana has the distinction of being home to the world's first professional baseball game, which was held in Fort Wayne in May of 1871. It is also the location of the first long-distance auto race in the United States, which was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May of 1911.

Indiana has its roots in the automotive industry and was once home to the Studebaker Company in South Bend. Studebaker was the biggest manufacturer of horse-drawn wagons and later manufactured automobiles. Indiana is also the birthplace of the first gasoline pump, designed by Syvanus F. Bower in Fort Wayne.

Indiana is the 16th most-populated state in the country, and it is nicknamed the Hoosier State. It is known for its manufacturing industry. Its location in the Corn Belt and Grain Belt make it a top producer of soybeans, corn, eggs and dairy products. Other top crops in the state include mint, grapes, tomatoes, melons and tobacco.