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Peony, Indiana's state flower
Indiana's flag
Indiana State Flag
Cardinal, Indiana's state bird



State Bird:  Cardinal

State Flower:  Peony

State Tree:  Tulip-Poplar

State Rvier:  The Wabash River

State Stone:  Limestone

State Poem:  Indiana, by Arthur Franklin Mapes

State Song: "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away" words and music by Paul Dresser

Motto:  The crossroads of America

Origin of State Name:  The word Indiana means "land of the Indians," referring to the region's many Native American inhabitants.

Nickname for State:  The Hoosier State.  The origin of the name is disputed; it may come from the word "hoozer," an English dialect word that meant any large feature, such as a hill. The term eventually came to mean a hill

Nickname for residents:  Indianians or Hoosiers