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Indiana State Flag

Indiana State Flag

The flags dimensions shall be three
feet fly by two feet hoist; or five feet fly by three feet hoist; or any
size proportionate to either of those dimensions. The field of the flag
shall be blue with nineteen stars and a flaming torch in gold or buff.
Thirteen stars shall be arranged in an outer circle, representing the original
thirteen states; five stars shall be arranged in a half circle below the
torch and inside the outer circle of stars, representing the states admitted
prior to Indiana; and the nineteenth star, appreciably larger than the
others and representing Indiana shall be placed above the flame of the
torch. The outer circle of stars shall be so arranged that one star shall
appear directly in the middle at the top of the circle, and the word "Indiana"
shall be placed in a half circle over and above the star representing Indiana
and midway between it and the star in the center above it. Rays shall be
shown radiating from the torch to the three stars on each side of the star
in the upper center of the circle.

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i hale from the buckeye state,18th state admitted to the union,but i now reside in flordia.
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[Northern Cardinal.]


[Cardinalis cardinalis.]


In richness of plumage, elegance of motion, and strength of song, this
species surpasses all its kindred in the United States. It is known by
the names of Red-bird, Virginia Nightingale, Cardinal-bird, and that at
the head of the present article. It is very abundant in all our Southern
States, as well as in the peninsula of the Floridas. In the western country
a great number are found as far up on the Ohio as the city of Cincinnati,
and they extend to considerable distances into Indiana, Illinois and Missouri.
They are found in the maritime districts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey,
where they breed, and where a few remain the whole year; some are also
seen in the State of New York, and now and then a straggler proceeds into
Massachusetts; but farther eastward this species has never been observed.

This fine songster relishes the interior of the forest, and the heart
of the deepest cane-brakes or retired swamps, as well as the neighbourhood
of cities. It is constantly found in our fields, orchards and gardens;
nay, it often enters the very streets of our southern towns and villages
to breed; and it is rare that one goes into a planter's yard without observing
the Red-bird skipping about the trees or on the turf beneath them. Go where
it may, it is always welcome, and every where a favourite, so rich is its
song, and so brilliant its plumage.

The Cardinal-bird breeds in the Floridas. In the beginning of March
I found them already paired in that country, and on the 8th of February
near General HERNANDEZ's. In the neighbourhood of Charleston, as well as
in Louisiana, they are nearly a month later, and much the same lapse of
time takes place again before they form a nest in the State of New Jersey
or in that of Kentucky.

The nest is placed, apparently without much consideration, in some low
briar, bush, or tree, often near the fence, the middle of a field, or the
interior of a thicket, not far from a cooling stream, to which they are
fond of resorting, for the purpose of drinking and bathing. Sometimes you
find it placed close to the planter's house or in his garden, a few yards
from that of the Mocking-bird or the Thrasher. It is composed of dry leaves
and twigs, together with a large proportion of dry grass and slips of grape-vines,
and is finished within with bent-grass, wrought in a circular form. The
eggs are from four to six, of a dull white colour, marked all over with
touches of olive-brown.

In the Southern Districts they now and then raise three broods in the
season, but in the Middle States seldom more than one. The young on leaving
the nest, frequently follow their parents on the ground for several days,
after which they disperse and seek for food apart. During the pairing season,
the males are so pugnacious, that although they breed near birds of other
species, they never allow one of their own to nestle in their vicinity.
One male may be seen following another from bush to bush, emitting a shrill
note of anger, and diving towards the fugitive antagonist whenever an opportunity
offers, until the latter has escaped quite beyond his jurisdiction, when
the conqueror, elated, returns to his grounds, ascends his favourite tree,
and pours out his song in full exultation.

Those which migrate to the eastward begin to move about the commencement
of March, usually in the company of the Towhe Bunting and other Sparrows,
hopping and passing from bush to bash during the whole day, announcing
to the traveller and husbandman the approach of a more genial season, and
resting at night in the secluded swamps. The males precede the females
about ten days.

Towards autumn they frequently ascend to the tops of tall trees in search
of grapes and berries, being as fond of succulent or pulpy fruits as they
are of the seeds of corn and grasses. On the least appearance of dancer
they at once glide into the interior of the nearest thickets. During the
summer heats they frequently resort to sandy roads to dust themselves,
carelessly suffering people to approach them until within a few yards,
when they only remove to the neare

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HE CARDINAL PART 2 March 26, 2006 5:46 PM

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ts song is at first loud and clear, resembling the finest sounds produced
by the flageolet, and gradually descends into more marked and continued
cadences, until it dies away in the air around. During the love-season
the song is emitted with increased emphasis by this proud musician, who,
as if aware of his powers, swells his throat, spreads his rosy tail, droops
his wings, and leans alternately to the right and left, as if on the eve
of expiring with delight at the delicious sounds of his own voice. Again
and again are those melodies repeated, the bird resting only at intervals
to breathe. They may be heard from long before the sun gilds the eastern
horizon, to the period when the blazing orb pours down its noonday floods
of heat and light, driving the birds to the coverts, to seek repose for
awhile. Nature again invigorated, the musician recommences his song, when,
as if he had never strained his throat before, he makes the whole neighbourhood
resound, nor ceases until the shades of evening close around him. Day after
day the song of the Red-bird beguiles the weariness of his mate as she
assiduously warms her eggs; and at times she also assists with the modesty
of her gentler sex. Few individuals of our own race refuse their homage
of admiration to the sweet songster. How pleasing is it, when, by a clouded
sky, the woods are rendered so dark, that were it not for an occasional
glimpse of clearer light falling between the trees, you might imagine night
at hand, while you are yet fir distant from your home--how pleasing to
have your ear suddenly saluted by the well known notes of this favourite
bird, assuring you of peace around, and of the full hour that still remains
for you to pursue your walk in security! How often have I enjoyed this
pleasure, and how often, in due humbleness of hope, do I trust that I may
enjoy it again!

This species is very abundant in Texas, where, as in our Southern States,
it is a constant resident. Mr. TOWNSEND has observed it on the waters of
the Upper Missouri. According to Dr. T. M. BREWER, it is but a chance visitor
in Massachusetts during summer, indeed so rare, that he never knew certainly
but of one pair which bred in the Botanical Garden, Cambridge, about six
years ago, and departed in the fill, with their young. The eggs measure
one inch and half an eighth in length, five-eigths and a third in breadth,
and are thus elongated, although the smaller end is well rounded.

Male, 8 1/2, 11 1/2.

Breeds abundantly from Texas to New York. Very rare in Massachusetts.
Valleys of the Mississippi and Missouri, Kentucky and Ohio. Resident from
Maryland southward.

CARDINAL GROSBEAK, Loxia cardinalis, Wils. Amer. Orn., vol. ii. p. 38.

FRINGILLA CARDINALIS, Bonap. Syn., p. 113.

CARDINAL GROSBEAK or RED-BIRD, Fringilla cardinalis, Nutt. Man., vol. i.p.

CARDINAL GROSBEAK, Fringilla cardinalis, Aud. Orn. Biog., vol. ii. p.
336;vol. v. p. 514.

Adult Male.

Bill short, very robust, conical, acute, deeper than broad at the base;
upper mandible with its dorsal outline a little convex, the sides rounded,
the edges sharp and inflected, the tip slightly declinate; lower mandible
broader than the upper, with its dorsal line straight, the back broad,
the sides rounded, the edges inflected; the gap-line deflected at the base.
Nostrils basal, roundish, concealed by the feathers. Head large, neck short,
body robust. Legs of moderate length, rather strong; tarsus compressed,
anteriorly covered with a few scutella, posteriorly sharp; toes scutellate
above, free, the lateral ones nearly equal; claws slender, arched, compressed,
acute, that of the hind toe considerably larger.

Plumage soft and blended, slightly glossed. Wings of moderate length,
broad, much rounded, the fourth quill longest; primaries rather broad,
rounded, from the second to the sixth slightly cut out on the outer web,
secondaries rather narrow and rounded. Tail long, straight, rounded. Feathers
of the crown long, pointed, and erectile.

Bill of a tint approaching to coral-red. Iris dark hazel. Feet pale
umber. The whole upper parts of a deep dusky-red, excepting the head, which
is vermilion. The anterior part of the forehead, the lores, and the upper
anterior part of the neck, black. The under parts are vermilion, which
is brightest anteriorly. Inner webs of the quills light brown, their shafts
and those of the tail-feathers blackish-brown.

Length 8 1/4 inches, extent of wings 11 1/2; bill along the back 7/12,
along the edge 3/4; tarsus (1 1/2)/12.

Adult Female.

The female has a crest as well as the male, which it rese
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Adult Female.

The female has a crest as well as the male, which it resembles in the
texture of its plumage, but the tail is proportionally shorter. The general
colour of the upper parts is dull greyish-brown
CARDINAL PART 4 March 26, 2006 5:52 PM
The general
colour of the upper parts is dull greyish-brown, slightly tinged with olive;
the longer crest-feathers are streaked with dull red, the wings, coverts,
and outer edges of the quills, are of the same tint; the edge of the wings
and the lower coverts are pale vermilion, and the inner edges of the quills
are of the same tint, but paler. The parts surrounding the base of the
bill, which are black in the male, are blackish-grey, and the lower parts
in general are pale greyish-brown.

Length 7 1/2 inches.

In a male preserved in spirits, the palate ascends very abruptly, and
has two very elevated soft ridges, at the junction of which anteriorly
is a prominent soft space, on the lower mandible beneath are three longitudinal
ridges with four grooves, of which the two lateral are much wider. The
tongue is 4 1/2 twelfths long, emarginate and papillate at the base, convex
and fleshy above, as high as broad, horny beneath, tapering to a point.
The width of the mouth is 6 twelfths. The lower mandible is broader than
the upper, exceedingly strong, and very deeply concave. The oesophagus
is 2 inches 5 twelfths in length, 3 twelfths in width. The stomach pretty
large, roundish, 7 1/2 twelfths long, 7 twelfths broad; its lateral muscles
strong, the tendons large, the epithelium very dense, longitudinally rugous,
brownish-red. The stomach is filled with seeds, which have all been husked.
Intestine 10 1/4 inches long, its width from 3 twelfths to 2 twelfths.
Coeca 3 twelfths long, 1/2 twelfth broad, 1 inch distant from the extremity.
Cloaca ovate, 4 twelfths in width.

Trachea 1 inch 10 twelfths long, from 1 1/4 twelfths to 1/2 twelfth
in breadth; its rings 52; the muscles as in the other species. Bronchial
half rings about 12. THE WILD ALMOND.

PRUNUS CAROLINIANA, Willd., Sp. Pl., vol. ii. p. 987. Pursch, Fl. Amer.
Sept., vol. i. p. 330.--ICOSANDRIA MONOGYNIA, Linn.--ROSACEAE, JUSS.

Flowers in racemes; leaves evergreen, oblong-lanceolate, mucronate,
serrate, without glands at the base. The wild almond is altogether a southern
tree. Its height now and then is as much as twenty-five feet, the stem
in that case being a foot or more in diameter. The usual rounded form of
its top, and the persistence of its foliage, together with its white flowers,
and dark coloured fruits, render it a very agreeable object. Many are planted
around the plantation grounds or the gardens of our southern cities, on
account of their beautiful appearance. The fruits are greedily devoured
by many species of birds, but are unpalatable to man. I have not observed
it to the east of Virginia, nor farther west than the town of Memphis on
the Mississippi. The wood is seldom applied to any useful purpose.

Portions copyright © Richard
R. Buonanno, 1995
WWW version of John James Audubon's work. "The Birds of America"
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State of Indiana

Sheet Music

Listen to MIDI

On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away

Written by Paul Dresser

Composed by Paul Dresser

'Round my Indiana homesteads wave the cornfields,

In the distance loom the woodlands clear and cool.

Oftentimes my thoughts revert to scenes of childhood,

Where I first received my lessons, nature's school.

But one thing there is missing in the picture,

Without her face it seems so incomplete.

I long to see my mother in the doorway,

As she stood there years ago, her boy to greet.


Oh, the moonlight's fair tonight along the Wabash,

From the fields there comes the breath of newmown hay.

Through the sycamores the candle lights are gleaming,

On the banks of the Wabash, far away.

Many years have passed since I strolled by the river,

Arm in arm, with sweetheart Mary by my side,

It was there I tried to tell her that I loved her,

It was there I begged of her to be my bride.

Long years have passed since I strolled thro' there churchyard.

She's sleeping there, my angel, Mary dear,

I loved her, but she thought I didn't mean it,

Still I'd give my future were she only here.

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About Indiana

Indiana Emblems - State Seal
Indiana State Seal

Indiana State Seal

Adopted 1963

present version adopted by the 1963 Indiana
General Assembly

Official description from Indiana Code 1-2-4-1:
A perfect circle, two and five eighths (2 5/8) inches in diameter,
inclosed by a plain line. Another circle within the first, two
and three eighths (2 3/8) inches in a diameter inclosed by a beaded
line, leaving a margin of one quarter (1/4) of an inch. In the
top half of this margin are the words "Seal of the State of Indiana".

At the bottom center, 1816, flanked on either side by a diamond, with
two (2) dots and a leaf of the tulip tree (liriodendron tulipifera), at
both ends of the diamond. The inner circle has two (2) trees in the
left background, three (3) hills in the center background with nearly a
full sun setting behind and between the first and second hill from the

There are fourteen (14) rays from the sun, starting with two (2) short
ones on the left, the third being longer and then alternating, short
and long. There are two (2) sycamore trees on the right, the larger one
being nearer the center and having a notch cut nearly half way through,
from the left side, a short distance above the ground. The woodsman is
wearing a hat and holding his ax nearly perpendicular on his right. The
ax blade is turned away from him and is even with his hat.

The buffalo is in the foreground, facing to the left of front. His tail
is up, front feet on the ground with back feet in the air - as he jumps
over a log.

The ground has shoots of blue grass, in the area of the buffalo and woodsman.

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THE STATE FLOWER March 26, 2006 6:08 PM
Indiana Emblems - State Flower
Indiana State Flower

Indiana State Flower

The Peony

Adopted 1957

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THE STATE TREE March 26, 2006 6:11 PM
Indiana Emblems - State Tree
Indiana State Tree

Indiana State Tree

The Tulip Tree

Adopted 1931

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THE STATE POEM March 26, 2006 6:12 PM
Indiana Emblems - State Poem

by Arthur Franklin Mapes of Kendallville, adopted by the 1963 General

As found in Indiana Code 1-2-5-1:

God crowned her hills with beauty,
Gave her lakes and winding streams,
Then He edged them all with woodlands
As the settings 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 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. 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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THE STATE STONE March 26, 2006 6:14 PM
Indiana Emblems - State Stone

adopted by 1971 General Assembly (IC 1-2-9-1)
About Indiana

Indiana Emblems - State River

"the Wabash River"
adopted by 1996 General Assembly (IC 1-2-11) [ send green star
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> 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      

     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
    > 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,

    > 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
    > Nancy Hanks Lincoln is buried in Posey  County,
    > 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
    > 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

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INDIANA PART 2 March 26, 2006 5:01 PM
> May West was from Bedford, Indiana. (as was Claud 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
> 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
> 90% of the world's popcorn is grown in
> 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 fi! rst push-button
> car radio was
in Kokomo, Indiana.
>> Pretty neat, huh? And you thought there was
only corn in Indiana.

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FAMOUS NAMES OF INDIANA March 26, 2006 5:13 PM
Famous Hoosiers

George Ade humorist, Kentland

Leon Ames actor, Portland

Anne Baxter actress, Michigan City

Larry Bird basketball player, French Lick

Bill Blass fashion designer, Fort Wayne

Hoagy Carmichael songwriter, Bloomington

James Dean actor, Marion

Eugene V. Debs Socialist leader, Terre Haute

Theodore Dreiser writer, Terre Haute

Bernard F. Gimbel merchant, Vincennes

Virgil Grissom astronaut, Mitchell

Alfred Bertram Guthrie author, Bedford

Phil Harris actor, band leader, Linton

John Milton Hay statesman, Salem

James R. Hoffa labor leader, Brazil

Michael Jackson singer, Gary

Buck Jones actor, Vincennes

David Letterman TV host, comedian, Indianapolis

Eli Lilly pharmaceuticals, Indianapolis

Carole Lombard actress, Fort Wayne

Shelley Long actress, Fort Wayne

Marjorie Main actress, Acton

James McCracken tenor, Gary

John Cougar Mellencamp singer,songwriter, Seymour

Joaquin Miller poet, Liberty

Andrew J. Moyer inventor, Star City

Paul Osborn playwright, Evansville

Cole Porter songwriter, Peru

Ernest Taylor Pyle journalist, Dana

J. Danforth Quayle vice president, Indianapolis

James Whitcomb Riley poet, Greenfield

Ned Rorem composer, Richmond

Red Skelton comedian, Vincennes

Rex Stout mystery writer, Noblesville

Booth Tarkington author, Indianapolis

Twyla Tharp dancer, choreographer, Portland

Forrest Tucker actor, Plainfield

Harold C. Urey physicist, Walkerton

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. author, Indianapolis

Jessamyn West author, North Vernon

Wendell Willkie lawyer, Elwood

Wilbur Wright inventor, Millville

Willis Van Devanter Supreme Court justice, Marion

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I kind of hogged the spotlight here...sorry-I just get interested in Historys...My aplogys everyone..LET'S HEAR ABOUT YOUR STATE!  Thank You Marlene for posting......NEXT!!!!!!
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Wisconsin State Flag

Starting at the top of a shield on a dark blue field is the state motto "Forward". Below it is a badger the state animal. A sailor and miner show that the people work on water and land. The shield in the center shows Wisconsin's support for the United States. In four sections surrounding the shield are representations of the states main industries: Agriculture, mining, manufacturing and navigation. The cornucopia and pile of lead represent farm products and minerals. The flag law was amended in 1979 to include the name of the state and the date of statehood.


Wisconsin is known far and wide as the "Cheese State." This is due in part to the National Football Team the Green Bay Packers. This nationally renowned team has fans that come to each game sporting a "cheese head" hat and enough enthusiasm to heat up those cold winter games. Another reason for the cheesy nickname is the wonderfully fertile ground left behind by the glaciers of the past ice age. Although too rocky to plant agricultural farms, it was perfect to raise and graze cattle. It soon became clear to the early settlers that dairy farming was the way to go. Today Wisconsin is filled with specialty stores offering the largest cheese assortment this side of Europe.

Wisconsin is also known for its great beers. Beer manufacturing companies have been doing business in Wisconsin since the early 1800's. The same ground that made the state the perfect place for dairy farming makes it a wonderland for growing hops used to make excellent beers. Some of the more famous beer manufactures include Miller Brewing Company and Schlitz Brewing Company.

Family fun can be found in Wisconsin Dells a wonderland of water parks. Year-round excitement can be had at the many water theme parks located in Wisconsin Dells. Several hotels offer private water parks that are accessible by guests only.

Fishing, camping or sailing on the many lakes found in Wisconsin is always an adventure. From Lake Michigan to the Amherst Mill Pond Wisconsin's lakes are filled with fish, history and shipwrecks.

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Hello Thomas and News Station members!

Although I was born and raised in the great U. S. of A., I have been residing in the beautiful country of New Zealand since May 2005.  I moved here with my husband...a native NZer...and our two cats.

new zealand

New Zealand lies in the southern Pacific Ocean, 1600 km east of Australia. It is made up of the North and South Islands and a number of smaller islands, with a total area of 268 000 sq km.
Mountain ranges and hill country dominate NZ's landscape; one of the most striking physical features is the Southern Alps. These, along with fiords glaciers and lakes and the coastal plains of Canterbury and Southland add to the variety of the South Island scenery. In the North Island the volcanic interior contains NZ's largest lake, Lake Taupo, and most of the country's active volcanoes - Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro - Ruapehu erupted as recently as 1995 and 1996. Hot springs, geysers, mud pools also form part of the volcanic system centred around Rotorua.

Polynesians settlers arrived in Aotearoa/New Zealand around the tenth century, and by the twelfth century settlements were scattered over most of the country.

What the Polynesians found was a land much different to the South Pacific tropical isles of Polynesia. Instead they found a land of mountains with a more seasonal climate. There were no large mammals to hunt for food, but there was a large flightless bird called the Moa. The Moa stood up to 15 feet tall and the Maori found it easy prey. By the time Europeans had reached New Zealand the Moa was hunted to extinction.

Abel Janzoon Tasman was the first European explorer to see New Zealand in 1642, but it was Captain James Cook who first set foot on New Zealand soil in 1769.

The first permanent settlers didn't arrive until the 1830's. The Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840, giving sovereignty of New Zealand to Britain. The Maori were persuaded to cede vast tracts of land for mere token payments, but soon the Maori realised the true worth of what they had given away. The Maori rose up and attacked the British settlements repeatedly.

Today New Zealand is a relatively peaceful country and the people are extraordinarily friendly and outgoing. One quarter of New Zealand is protected wilderness and much of the country is pollution free.

Highest point: Mount Cook (3,754 m or 12313 ft)
Deepest lake: Lake Hauroko (462 m 1515 ft)
Largest lake: Lake Taupo (606 km or 234 miles)
Longest river: Waikato River (425 km or 264 miles long)
Largest glacier: Tasman Glacier (29 km or 18 miles long)
Deepest cave: Nettlebed, Mount Arthur (889 m or 2916 ft)
Length of coastline: 15,811 km (9824 miles)

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Image hosting by Photobucket Iowa became the 29th State in 1846. It is known as the Hawkeye State, and Des Moines is the capital city. Iowa is bordered by two great American rivers (the Mississippi and the Missouri) on its east and west sides. It has a rich agricultural tradition and ranks first in the nation with corn and soybean production as well as in hog production from its 93,000 farms. Iowa was home to many famous individuals such as Herbert Hoover, John Wayne, Glenn Miller and Grant Wood, to name a few. It was part of the Lewis and Clark expedition and many other historic events. Image hosting by Photobucket The two-inch diameter seal pictures a citizen soldier standing in a wheat field, surrounded by farming and industrial tools, with the Mississippi River in the background. An eagle is overhead, holding in its beak a scroll bearing the state motto, "Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain." The motto was the work of a three-man Senate committee and was incorporated into the design of the seal at their suggestion. The Great Seal cannot be used without the permission of the Governor. The state seal is retained in the custody of and under the control of the Governor, who uses the seal for official documents and functions. Image hosting by Photobucket The banner, designed by Mrs. Dixie Cornell Gebhardt of Knoxville and a member of the D.A.R., consists of three vertical stripes of blue, white and red. Gebhardt explained that the blue stands for loyalty, justice, and truth; the white for purity; and the red for courage. On the white center stripe is an eagle carrying in its beak blue streamers inscribed with the state motto, "Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain." The word Iowa is in red letters just below the streamers. All schools must fly the state banner on school days. The banner may be flown on the sites of public buildings. When displayed with the United States flag, the state banner must be flown below the national emblem. Image hosting by Photobucket The Iowa Legislature designated the Eastern Goldfinch, also known as the Wild Canary, as the official state bird in 1933. It was chosen as the state bird because it is commonly found in Iowa and often stays through the winter. Seeds from dandelions, sunflowers, ragweed, and evening primrose are the main source of food for the Eastern Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis). In late July or early August they build their nests from plant materials and line them with thistledown. The pale blue-white eggs of the Eastern Goldfinch incubate for two weeks and the young birds leave the nest when they are two to three weeks old. The top of the male's head is topped with black. The bright yellow body has black wings and tail. The female has a dull olive-yellow body with a brown tail and wings. The male goldfinch acquires the same dull plumage in the winter months. Image hosting by Photobucket The Oak was designated as the official state tree in 1961. The Iowa Legislature chose the Oak because it is abundant in the state and serves as shelter, food, and nesting cover for many animals and birds. It is difficult to find a tract of natural woodland in Iowa that does not harbor at least one species of Oak. No other group of trees is more important to people and wildlife. Acorns, the nuts of Oak trees, are a dietary staple of many animals and birds. Wild turkeys, pheasants, quail, wood ducks, raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks, bluejays, nuthatches, grackles, and several kinds of woodpeckers are a few of the species that depend on acorns for a significant portion of their diet. Image hosting by Photobucket The Iowa Legislature designated the Wild Rose as the official state flower in 1897. It was chosen for the honor because it was one of the decorations used on the silver service which the state presented to the battleship USS Iowa that same year. Although no particular species of the flower was designated by the Legislature, the Wild Prairie Rose (Rosa Pratincola) is most often cited as the official flower. Wild roses are found throughout the state and bloom from June through late summer. The flower, in varying shades of pink, is set off by many yellow stamens in the center.
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Because Iowa is well known for the presence of the Geode, it was chosen as the official rock in an effort to promote tourism in the state. Legislators who favored making the Geode the state rock pointed out that it is among the rarest and most beautiful of rocks and that Iowa is known worldwide because of the large number found in the state. Other rocks considered for official status were limestone and fossil coral. In Latin, the word "geodes" means "earthlike." Geodes are shaped like the earth and average about four inches in diameter. Geodes are found in limestone formations and have a hard outer shell. When carefully broken open, a sparkling lining of mineral crystals, most often quartz and calcite, is revealed. Southeastern Iowa is one of the state's best Geode collecting areas. Geode State Park, in Henry County, is named for the occurrence of the Geode.

Just a few....


Each time a president signs legislation, a new Sheaffer Fountain Pen is used which was made in Fort Madison at Sheaffer Pen

Ripley's Believe It or Not listed Burlington's Snake Alley as the most crooked street in the world.

The first college to accept women in the U.S was in Mount Vernon, Cornell College, listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

The world's largest strawberry is in Strawberry Point.

The oldest, longest and largest touring bike ride in the U.S originated in Iowa in 1973-RAGBRAI (The Des Moines - Register's Great Bike Ride Across Iowa.

The world's largest bullhead fish is in Crystal Lake.

The first portable moving camera originated in Davenport.

John Harvey of Dubuque invented the paper clip.

Spirit Lake is the largest glacier-made lake in the state.

A Gas Powered washing machine was invented in Newton by Fred Maytag.

West Okoboji is the deepest natural lake in the state, with a depth of 136 feet. And East Okoboji is the longest natural lake in the state.

The first bridge built across the Mississippi was in Davenport.

Imes Bridge is the oldest Madison County covered bridge. There are only 6 bridges left and starred the movie, "The Bridges of Madison County."

Image hosting by Photobucket Iowa rankes #2 in the U.S. for livestock production. The world's longest corn stalk was grown in Washington. Fort Madison is home to the largest double-deck swing-span bridge in the world. (Where I live! Johnny Carson was from Corning, Iowa. Elk Horn in the largest Danish settlement in the United States. Wyatt Earp grew up in Pella. Kalona is the largest Amish community west of the Mississippi River. Star Trek star, Captain Kirk was from Riverside. The state's lowest elevation point (at 480 feet) is in Lee County. (Where I live Glenn Miller was from Clarinda. Fenlon Place Elevator in Dubuque is the world's steepest and shortest railway. The Famous Bix Jazz Musician, Bix Beiderbecke, was from Davenport. Wright County has the highest percentage of grade-A topsoil in the nation. " Leave it to Bever", Jerry Mathers was born in Souix City. Quaker Oats, in Cedar Rapids, is the largest cereal company in the world. John Morrell Meat Packing Plant was founded in Ottumwa. (My dad and uncle once worked there). Knoxville's National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum is the only museum in the country dedicated to preserving the history of sprint car racing. The hamburger was made by a resturant owner in Clarinda. Iowa's only fire tower is situated in Yellow River State Forest.

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Iowa is one of the top states in the nation for academic achievement. The greatest natural disaster in Iowa's history was "The Flood of 1993." Iowa is the 3rd largest insurance center in the world. Herbert Hoover, from West Branch, was the 31st President. The electric razor was invented by Jacob Schick, an Iowan. Mamie Doud Eisenhower's birthplace is in Boone. Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians was from Van Meter. Nominated for 3 Oscars, the movie "Field of Dreams" was made in Dyersville, 25 miles west of Dubuque. Image hosting by Photobucket Donna Reed was from Dennison. The Iowa Capital Building in Dea Moines has a dome of 23 Carat Gold. John Wayne was from Winterset. Glenn Miller, was born in Clarinda. The only fort ever built in the town of Fort Atkinson, by the U.S. government was to protect one Indian tribe from another. The campers and motor homes, Winnebago's are manufactured in Winnebago County. Iowa is the only state whose east and west borders are 100% formed by water. Missouri and Mississippi rivers. The highest double track railroad bridge in the world, the Kate Shelley Bridge, is located at Boone. Iowa is the only state name that starts with two vowels. Iowa State University is the oldest land grant college in the U.S.A. The National Balloon Museum in Indianola chronicles more than 200 years of ballooning history.

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now thats what I am talking about-About your state, your providence, or your country! These are interesting folks...keep going,,,,

next! very interesting...
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Well, although I am English I now live in Massachusetts (the Bay State) which was admitted to Statehood on February 6, 1788.  It was the sixth state to ratify the constitution.
So, apart from its taxes LOL  Massachusetts, specifically Plymouth, is famous as being the place where the Pilgrim Fathers arrived on the Mayflower in 1620.  Thus, it is the State where the Thanksgiving dinner originated, thanks to Chief Massasoit of the Wampanoags who assisted the Pilgrims as they settled in to their new home.
Incidentally, the term Yankee was coined at this time in Massachusetts.  The Wampanoags called the settlers Yengeeze, their pronunciation of English, which became Yankee.
Of course the Pilgrims were soon followed by the Puritans, during the English Revolution.  Their colony, the Massachusetts Bay Colony, was in the area now known as salem, MA, and eclipsed Plymouths population and had the added benefit of a great harbour.  This being Boston Harbour, of course.
Hmmm, don't let us forget that Salem, Massachusetts was also the scene of the notorious Witch Trials in which (no pun intended) 20 people were killed as Witches.  19 were hung and one was crushed.
Then came the Revolutionary War in which Boston, Massachusetts was the centre of the revolutionary activity and, I might add, the place of the infamous tea-party (a protest against the Tea Act) in which all the tea from a tea ship of the East India Company was ditched into the waters of the harbour.  This caused the British to pass the Intolerable Acts, denying Massachusetts self-government.  
One if by land, two if by sea.  Yes, We really can't forget Paul Revere's famous 'Midnight Ride', and his equally famous saying, "The British are coming!" Actually, what he said was, "The regulars are out!"
This led to the "shot heard round the world" which was, of course, the first shot fired in true anger that began the Battle of Lexington and Concord.
This part of the revolution was won by the British when they attempted to take the charlestown peninsula, at the Battle of Bunker Hill.  However, Americas first great victory of the war came soon after when General George Washington, newly equipped with cannon, drove the British out in the last battle in the State.
One thing in favour of the British forces, however, was that their Navy was unsurpassed and destroyed the Massachusetts State Navy.  This is good news to me as I am ex-Royal Navy LOL
Anyway, the Revolution that began in Massachusetts ultimately led to the signing of the Declaration of Independence which was signed, first, by Massachusetts resident, John Hancock.  Incidentally, this is where the old saying for a signature came from.  When someone said, "I just need your John Hancock on the dotted line", he asked for your signature by referring to that famous signature
Massachusetts was the first State to assert that slavery could no longer exist.  It was among the first States to respond to Lincoln's call for troops in the 1860's.  It was the first State to recruit, train and arm a black regiment with white officers (the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Army).  See the movie Glory for an amazing portrayal of this
Stay tuned for the flag, seal, bird. flower and State poem of Massachusetts.
The State flag of Massachusetts
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MA State flag
State Seal of Massachusetts
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MS State seal
Adopted on December 13, 1780
Official: June 4, 1885
State bird of Massachusetts - chickadee
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MA State bird
State flower of Massachusetts - mayflower
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MA State flower
Massachusetts State flower ... the mayflower, of course
The Mayflower
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The Mayflower in harbour
The Mayflower in Plymouth Harbour (1620)
State poem of Massachusetts
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Blue Hills of Massachusetts
by Katherine E. Mullen
    Massachusetts! Massachusetts!
    Lovely Bay State by the sea,
    Chosen by the Pilgrim Fathers
    In their search for liberty.
    Massachusetts! Massachusetts!
    How we love your Indian name!
    Meaning "Great Blue Hill" in Boston,
    Named before the white men came.
    High locations in the distance,
    Are serene, majestic blue,
    Like Mount Greylock or Wachusett,
    They are fascinating, too.
    But from Boston to the Berkshires,
    Lesser heights are bathed in blue,
    In early dawn or distance,
    Like the "Great Hill" Indians knew.
    Close to Nature lived the Red Man,
    Keen to every form and hue,
    Knew the paths, and streams, and wildlife,
    And the hills around him, too.
    On the wide base of "Great Blue Hill",
    Lived the Massachuset tribe,
    Kept their Great Chief's Pilgrim Treaty
    While the good man was alive.
    Made in faith with Governor Carter,
    Sixteen hundred twenty-one,
    Kept for forty years, sincerely,
    Till his death in sixty-one!
    Massachusetts Seal and State Flag
    Show the Chief in deerskin brown,
    Proudly holding firm his strong-bow,
    And one arrow, pointing down.
    "Coat of Arms" of Massachusetts,
    With our State Star just above,
    Tribute to a noble Indian,
    Loyal history that we love!
    Gentle hillsides and green valleys,
    Make our lives so pleasant here,
    While the ever-changing seasons
    Bring glad contrasts through the year.
    Autumn foliage is so brilliant
    It is known throughout the world!
    Crimson, gold, and blazing orange
    In exultant praise unfurled.
    But by Christmas time in winter,
    There's a wonderland of snow!
    Everywhere, a lovely picture
    Anywhere that we might go.
    And the vigor of the climate
    With the challenges we meet,
    Make our lives in Massachusetts,
    A delightful bitter-sweet!
    Massachusetts! Massachusetts!
    What a splendid history!
    Like our great and glorious Nation,
    In its strength for Liberty!
    Massachusetts! Massachusetts!
    Keep the faith true pride instills!
    May our trust in you be steadfast,
    As the everlasting hills!
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Texas here.

Thanks for the info. I didn't realise that there were other states then Texas.

Since this is Texas, I'll just assume everybody already knows about us, so I won't post any details.

I Live In Australia!
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I live In Australia ~ In The State of Queensland!


You will see the city of Brisbane  in Queensland ~ that is where I live!

Australia Over America!
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australia over america

This Is Australia Over America ~ it helps you see just how big our country is!

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Ardmore Oklahoma Usa
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Manchester, NH   USA
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Manchester, NH   USA
England? In Europe?
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Oh, you mean the country/place!
Kochav Yaakov, Israel...

Ohio here.....
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Our state bird - Cardinal
Our state flower - Scarlet Carnation

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I am a Mississippi girl!Our state flower is the magnolia,and our state bird is the mocking bird.Our capital is Jackson.
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Missouri Map Quiz/Printout

Missouri Outline Map Printout
Missouri: Label Me! PrintoutMissouri
Facts, Map and State Symbols
Missouri Flag Printout/Quiz

Missouri was the 24th state in the USA; it became a state on August 10, 1821.

State Abbreviation - MO
State Capital - Jefferson City
Largest City - St. Louis
Area - 69,709 square miles [Missouri is the 21st biggest state in the USA]
Population - 5,595,211 (as of 2000) [Missouri is the 16th most populous state in the USA]
Major Industries - farming (corn, soybeans), mining (zinc, lead), aircraft equipment, cars, beer

Presidential Birthplace - Harry S. Truman was born in Lamar (near Joplin) on May 8, 1884 (he was the 33rd US President, serving from 1945 to 1953).

Major Rivers - Mississippi River, Missouri River, Osage River
Major Lakes - Lake of the Ozarks, Table Rock Lake, Clearwater Lake, Lake Wappapello
Highest Point - Taum Sauk Mountain- 1,772 feet (540 m) above sea level
Bordering States - Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee

Origin of the Name Missouri - Missouri was named for an Algonquian Indian word that means "river of the big canoes." State Nickname - The Show Me State
State Motto - "Salus populi suprema lex esto " - The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law
State Song - Missouri Waltz

Dinosaur Fossils Found in Missouri - Parrosaurus, a small tyrannosaurid (perhaps Albertosaurus), hadrosaurs (duck-billed dinosaurs)

Missouri State Symbols and Emblems:
State Flag

The flag has a red, white, and blue background (representing Missouri's French heritage; it was part of the Louisiana Purchase from France). The circular center is surrounded by 24 white stars (the number of states when Missouri entered the Union). Two grizzly bears represent bravery and strength. A knight's helmet and another 24 stars are above the bears. The motto, "UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL" is around the inner circle. The motto, "SALUS POPULI SUPREMA LEX ESTA" (meaning "Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law") is on a yellow ribbon under the bears. The inner circle has an eagle holding the olive branch of peace and the arrows of war (representing the federal government), a crescent moon, and another grizzly bear. The Roman numeral MDCCCXX is under the two bears (1820 was the date of the Missouri Compromise).

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Animal Symbols:
State Bird


State Animal


Missouri mule

State Insect

Honey bee

State Aquatic Animal


A large, primitive, freshwater cartilaginous fish.State Fish

Channel catfish

(Ictalurus punctatus)

Plant Symbols:
State Flower

White hawthorn

State Tree

Flowering dogwood

State Nut Tree

Eastern black walnut tree

(Juglans nigra)

Earth Symbols:
State Fossil


A sea lily that lived 250 million years ago.State Mineral


(Lead Sulfide)State Rock


Miscellaneous Symbols:
State Musical Instrument



State Folk Dance

Square dance

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I live in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), There are 2 territories in my country, 5 States.
The flower of ACT is the Bluebell.
The national Anthem is Advance Australia Fair, but when people get together most places Waltzing Matilda is known and sung by everyone.
ACT is mainly consisting of a small area for living - part of the Territory is National Park.
The city is surrounded by mountains - you get spectactular views.

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Temporary Insanity!!!
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Aerial View of Old San Juan, PR   In the shade  Lighthouse   Maraton San Blas  Collage PR is Music
Permanent insanity it seems (not a mere temporary Shadow R. I)
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Permanent insanity it seems (not a mere temporary Shadow R. I)
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Good Job Everyone any more want to contribute?
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Great job folks, some beautiful countryside looks like, anyone else want to contribute? It's interesting facts and historical information is interesting..Thank you all---Keep going folks...
Agreed totally but Care2 might be noticing the loading time of this thread!
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Agreed totally but Care2 might be noticing the loading time of this thread!

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World Atlas: North America > United States > MichiganMichigan QUICK FACTS: MichiganFlag Locator Map Capital
Total Area
58,527 sq mi
151,586 sq km
9,938,444 (2000 census)
Major Cities
Detroit (1,000,272), Grand Rapids (188,242), Warren (138,078), Flint (134,881), Lansing (125,736) (July 1996 est.)
Highest Point
Mt. Arvon
1,979 feet
603 meters
Income per capita (US$)
motor vehicles, machinery, fabricated metal products, food processing, chemicals, mining, tourism
dairy products, beef cattle, vegetables, hogs, corn, hay, soybeans
Natural Resources
natural gas, iron ore, petroleum, magnesium, portland cement
(U.S. Government sources)
I live in the Ann Arbor area
Anybody want to ad to this?
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Please feel free to add to this poting, although old it still has a Historical and interesting facts......
I'm from VA!
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Originally born in MD, but moved to VA, USA. I've visited all around the world, and keep loving home! This thread is fun!