Indiana is the 38th largest by area and the 16th most populous of the 50 United States. Indiana is the least extensive state in the contiguous United States west of the Appalachian Mountains.
The song Sweet Indiana Home below was recorded in 1922 by Aileen Stanley – composed by Walter Donaldson, conducted by Rosario Bourdon in Camden, New Jersey
The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Indiana was 6,570,902 on July 1, 2013, a 1.3% increase since the 2010 United States Census.
Below are some beautiful photographs from the Library of Congress of how she looked in the 1890s and early 1900s.
State House, Indianapolis, Indiana ca. 1904 Detroit Publishing Company
Dining room, Soldiers’ Home, Marion, Indiana 1898
Public Library, Indianapolis, Indiana ca. 1902 Detroit Publishing Company
Commercial Club, Indianapolis, Indiana ca. between 1900-1906 Detroit Publishing Company
German is the largest ancestry reported in Indiana, with 22.7% of the population reporting that ancestry in the Census. Persons citing American (12.0%) and English ancestry (8.9%) are also numerous, as are Irish (10.8%) and Polish (3.0%).
Most of those citing American ancestry are actually of English descent, but have family that has been in North America for so long, in many cases since the early colonial era, that they identify simply as American.
In the 1980 census 1,776,144 people claimed German ancestry, 1,356,135 claimed English ancestry and 1,017,944 claimed Irish ancestry out of a total population of 4,241,975 making the state 42% German, 32% English and 24% Irish.
Das Deutsche Haus (i.e. German House), Indianapolis, Indiana ca. 1904 Detroit Publishing Company
Tomlinson Hall, Indianapolis, Indiana between ca. 1904 Detroit Publishing Company
First Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, Indiana between 1905-1915 Detroit Publishing Company
North Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, Indiana ca. 1904 Detroit Publishing Company
West Market Street, Indianapolis, Indiana ca. 1907 Detroit Publishing Company
Court House, Indianapolis, Indiana ca. 1904 Detroit Publishing Company
Photograph shows flood waters around city buildings in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, with city hall, topped with cupola or bell tower, on the right. may 4, 1884 Rombach & Groene, photographer
S.C. Cocke drugs, Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1895 by Detroit Publishing Company
National Prohibition Convention, 1892 Indiana
Indiana. Lafayette County Court House at Tippecanoe County ca. 1902
Dead Man’s Gulch, Tippecanoe, Indiana ca. 1902 – by Detroit Publishing Company
Imperial Hotel, Indianapolis, Indiana ca. 1904 Detroit Publishing Company
Christ Church, Indianapolis, Indiana ca. 1904 Detroit Publishing Company
Meridian Street, looking north from Maryland St., Indianapolis, Indiana ca. 1888
Indianapolis, Ind., Board of Trade Bldg ca. 1890 by Detroit Publishing Company
Print from copy negative (original glass plate negative in Tippecanoe County Historical Society.) Original photo dated May 7, 1893. View north, south side. – Big Four Depot, 10 South Second Street, Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana
State House, Indianapolis, Indiana ca. 1900 Detroit Publishing Company
Indiana National Bank, Indianapolis, Indiana 1904 Detroit Publishing Company
Court house, Goshen, Indiana / W. Parfitt 1909
Riverside Boulevard, Indianapolis, Ind. ca. 1890 by Detroit Publishing Company
North Delaware Street, Indianapolis, Indiana ca. 1900 Detroit Publishing Company
North Delaware Street, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1904 by Detroit Publishing Company
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