Hoosier History Highlights


    May 19 – May 25

    This Week in Indiana History

    Tulip Trestle

    May 22, 1905 Work began on the Tulip Trestle east of Bloomfield in Greene County. Finished in December of 1906, the 2,307 foot-long steel-girded railroad bridge is one of the longest in the world still in use.

    May 23, 1824 Ambrose Burnside, American soldier, politician and industrialist who popularized sideburns, born in Liberty Indiana.


    West Baden

    May 23, 2007 The West Baden Springs Hotel reopens, after a $400 million Restoration

    May 24, 1992  Al Unser, Jr. won the closest Indianapolis 500 race in history, beating Scott Goodyear by .043 seconds. The largest margin of victory was won in 1913 when Jules Goux came in over 13 minutes ahead of the second car driven by Spencer Wishart. Indy 500

    Our Where in Indiana? from last week was taken in Logansport, of the Logansport Cass County Dentzel Carousel. This hand-carved carousel is over 100 years old.

    Dentzel Carousel

    Where in Indiana?

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    May 17

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    PEONYThe south lawn of the Indiana Statehouse has been in bloom with our beautiful State flower, the peony.

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    Indiana Statehouse Tour Office

    Indiana Department of Administration

    Guided Tours of the Indiana Statehouse are offered Monday through Saturday.  For more information, contact us.

    (317) 233-5293

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    Indiana Quick Quiz

    1. Who won the 1911 Inaugural Indianapolis 500 mile race?

    2. What is the name of the winning car at the 1911 inaugural Indianapolis 500 mile race?

    3. In 1909, what was the first kind of race at the Speedway?

    4. Who was the first woman to drive the pace car for the 500-mile race?

    Answers Below

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    1. Ray Harroun

    2. Marmon Wasp

    3. Hot-air-balloon

    4. Model Elaine Irwin Mellencamp, wife of John Mellencamp


    In memory of Jim Johnson, previous editor of Hoosier History Highlights, we will be featuring weekly Hoosier Quotes. The Hoosier Quotes will serve as a way to celebrate the Hoosier Spirit via quotes from historical figures who represent the very best of who we are as human beings, state citizens, and good neighbors. Last week, we introduced you to Reginald “J.R.” Edwards. Not only is he a notable Hoosier, he is a member of our Indiana Statehouse Tour Office and Education Center staff. With J.R.’s pride of being a Hoosier Native, it was only fitting for him to be a weekly contributor to Hoosier History Highlights. Please send your favorite Hoosier quotes to J.R. for possible publishing.

    Hoosier Quotes


    By: Reginald “J.R.” Edwards


    “Tell the truth and you won’t have so much to remember.”

    Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States who lived in Indiana 1816-1830

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