As Indiana celebrates 200 years of statehood in 2016, it's also a time to celebrate significant anniversaries throughout the state. If you know of other destinations with anniversaries that end in 0 or 5, please send them to us so we can keep adding to our list.
First Amish settlements came to be in LaGrange and Elkhart counties. Travel the Heritage Trail by car, taste Amish cooking, see a show, take home handcrafted furniture and artwork.
St. Mary-of-the-Woods College was founded. Visit the Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Shrine and see the alpacas at the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice.
Indiana State University (started as Normal School of Indiana) was founded. Tour campus, see the Larry Bird statue, attend a performance or sporting event.
The first professional baseball game was played in Fort Wayne. Today, you can see a Fort Wayne Tincaps game on the award-winning Parkview Field.
The American Federation of Labor (ALF) was organized in Terre Haute. Visit the Eugene V. Debs home on the campus of Indiana State University.
The first long-distance auto race in the U.S. was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Visit the Speedway Hall of Fame Museum and attend the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Hilbert Circle Theatre (formerly called Circle Theater) was opened. Still home of the Indianapolis Symphony and other concerts.
Indiana State Parks came into existence with the opening of McCormick’s Creek. Visit any of our State Parks for hiking, biking, swimming, boating, camping and more.
Community Theatre of Terre Haute was formed. See a show put on by this all-volunteer organization.
Ideal Beach at Lake Shafer was opened. Now known as Indiana Beach, it's a favorite destination for its amusement park, swimming and camping.
Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra was founded. See a concert of Indiana’s oldest professional orchestra.
George Rogers Clark Memorial was opened. Visit this important national historical park in Vincennes.
Santa Claus Postmaster James Martin hand-canceled the largest postcard ever mailed in the world—from none other than Robert Ripley. From this point forward, Santa Clause was known worldwide as Santa’s Post Office, with all letters being answered. Visit the tiny town for a year-round Christmas experience.
James Dean was born in Marion, later starring in popular 1950s like Rebel Without a Cause and East of Eden. Learn more about him at the Fairmount Historical Museum and attend their James Dean Festival.
Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari (formerly Santa Claus Land) opened. Visit America’s favorite theme park.
Parke County Covered Bridge Festival was first held. Attend Indiana’s biggest festival in October, held in all communities of this rural county.
Marshall County Blueberry Festival had its inaugural year. Enjoy a parade, delicious food, sports competitions and more over Labor Day weekend.
The toboggan run at Pokagon State Park became refrigerated (was first built in 1935). Take your family for a fun downhill adventure.
The Republic newspaper building was designed in Columbus (one of seven Historic National Landmarks). See all seven National Historic Landmarks and other architectural wonders in town.
The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel opened. Catch a concert in this beautiful auditorium, home of the Carmel Symphony.