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Hoosier Highlights March 15-21

Hoosier Highlights March 15-21

Indiana (NNDC):


March 15 – March 21

The Week in Indiana History

Tracks1851     The Indiana Sentinel reported that there were 245 miles of railroad track in the state.   A total of 500 miles were expected to be completed by the end of the year.  Construction was underway all around the state.  For example, the Shelbyville, Rushville, and Knightstown roads were operating over a “good flat bar” and “doing a fair business.”

shamrock1904     The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held in Indianapolis.  The procession traveled on downtown streets, around the Circle, and over to Tomlinson Hall on Market Street.  Mayor John Holtzman led the ceremonies, which included Irish jigs and the singing of “The Wearing of the Green” and “Come Back to Erin.”


1918     An exhibit at the Herron Institute of Art featured works by T. C. Steele as well as other members of the “Hoosier Group” of artists.  Many of the exhibitors were women, including Myra R. Richards, Helen Jacoby, and Rena Tucker Kohlmann, who had both sculptures and paintings on display.

James Naismith1925     Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of the game of basketball, was a special guest at the Indiana State Basketball Tourney.  The game was sold out at the cow barn at the State Fairgrounds and Naismith, who had no ticket, was initially turned away at the door.  After a short discussion, he was admitted and later helped hand out medals to members of the winning team from Frankfort High School.  Naismith praised the “splendid spirit of the players” and the “unbound enthusiasm of the 15,000 spectators.”

1960     Northwest Orient Flight 710 crashed near Cannelton, Indiana, in southern Indiana.  All 63 aboard the plane were killed.  The Lockheed Electra was enroute from Minneapolis to Miami.  Engineers later determined that the probable cause was the collapse of the right wing at 18,000 feet.



1970     Over 300 managers from the World Book Encyclopedia Company met at Stouffer’s Inn in Indianapolis.  The multi-volume sets, printed by the R. R. Donnelly Company in Crawfordsville, were sold by a sales crew of over 87,000 agents.  The universal “go-to” source of information before the Internet, a set of the 1970 World Books could be purchased for $179 to $199, depending upon binding.  Today the World Book is the only A-Z encyclopedia still in print.

mailbox Be Counted!  Check your mailbox for Census Forms this month.  The 2020 Census will determine Indiana’s representation in Congress.  In addition, the data will be used for the distribution of federal and state funds.



Indiana Department of Administration

Guided tours of the Indiana Statehouse are offered Monday through Saturday.  For more information, check our website listed at the bottom of this page.

(317) 233-5293

Indiana Quick Quiz

   March is Women’s History Month.  Match the descriptions to  the names of the Hoosier women below.

1.  Movie actress    2.  Business leader  3.  Stained glass artist       4. Lieutenant Governor

A.  Madam C. J Walker                  B.  Kathy Davis                                C.  Edna Browning Ruby                  D.  Carole Lombard

Answers Below




“You know how to tell when you’re getting old?  When your broad mind changes places with your narrow waist.”

– – – Red Skelton

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Did You Know?

     The official motto of the State of Indiana is “Crossroads of America.”  It is a sobriquet well earned, reaching back to the 19th century when the National Road came through the middle of the state.  As railroads began changing the landscape of the nation, Indiana found itself in the middle of many cross-country train routes.  In the 20th century, the state grew with the Interstate Highway System, and today no less than 14 different sections of Interstate can be traveled in the Hoosier State.

ANSWERS:  1.  Actress:  Carole Lombard  2.  Business leader:  Madam C. J. Walker  3.  Stained glass artist:  Edna Browning Ruby  4.  Lieutenant Governor:  Kathy Davis

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