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Old 10-09-2012, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Suburbs of Cleveland
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I've always been curious as to why Indiana is called the crossroads of America. Is it because of the Indy 500?
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Macao
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I've always been curious as to why Indiana is called the crossroads of America. Is it because of the Indy 500?
First I've heard of that expression.

I guess people from the Northeast crossed Indiana on their way to St. Louis, Kansas City, and anywhere westward from there...?? Back in the day.
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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Most people traveling west during the westward expansion of the country traveled through Indiana. The first federal road, the National Highway, now US 40, cuts right through the middle of Indiana. Many railroads crossed Indiana and the port on Lake Michiganin northwest Indiana used to be a very important seaport giving the Midwest access to the Atlantic Ocean. The motto was adopted in 1937, I believe, when the state government voted for it over 2 other options. Not sure what those 2 options were.
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:43 AM
 
Location: 46201
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I love that Indiana's nickname trumpets the fact that Indiana is basically that thing in between you and where you are actually going.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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Also, there is a historical marker in downtown Terre Haute where US 40 and US 41 cross marking the "Crossroads of America". US 40, as mentioned, was the route to the west from the east coast and US 41 was, I believe, one of the first north-south highways crossing the country from Chicago to Miami. IHB: Crossroads of America
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:08 AM
 
Location: The Middle
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I love that Indiana's nickname trumpets the fact that Indiana is basically that thing in between you and where you are actually going.
LOL. I always thought the same thing. That's your slogan Indiana?
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