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Indiana State Motto
"The Crossroads of America"
Adopted on on March 2, 1937.
Indiana is located in the Midwestern part of the United States and ranks among the top ten states in both agricultural and industrial output. Because Indiana's railways, waterways and ports provide access to the world, "The Crossroads of America" was adopted by the Indiana General Assembly in 1937. When this motto was chosen, the theoretical center of the United States was in Indiana; furthermore, a number of north-south and east-west routes intersect in Indiana. Some of these routes have been of national importance since pioneer days.
The Evansville Courier, now the Evansville Courier & Press, ran a column called "Paragraphy" in the 1930s. J. Roy Strickland, its author, suggested to his readers that it was time to adopt a state motto by soliciting suggestions and providing them to the Indiana General Assembly. He wrote,
A joint resolution by the Indiana House of Representatives, to adopt "The Crossroads of America" as the official motto of Indiana resolved:
Joint Resolution No. 6, adopting The Crossroads of America as the official motto of Indiana, was adopted by the Eightieth Session of the General Assembly on March 2, 1937.
There are four states with mottos that focus on geography:
The adoption of the official state motto of Indiana was by House Joint Resolution and is not documented in the Indiana Code.
Mottos of the States
State motto is a word, phrase, or sentence inscribed on or attached to a coin, building, or other object. The motto states an important idea for a group of people within the state.
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