On December 11, 1816 Indiana was admitted as the 19th state of the Union. One hundred years later, the Indiana State Flag was officially adopted by the state.
Indiana borders Lake Michigan and the state of Michigan along with Ohio, Kentucky, and Illinois, making it, as its motto claims, “The crossroads of America.”
Indiana means "Land of the Indians" or "Land of Indians." The Chippewa, Delaware, Erie, Huron, Iroquois, Kickapoo, Mohican, Miami, Mohegan, Nanticoke, Potawatomie, and Shawnee tribes are all an important part of Indiana’s history.
Since as early as the 1830s, Indiana has carried the nickname “The Hoosier State”. There are several stories and legends surrounding the origin of the nickname. Many are outlandish and just as many are believable. To this date, the question of which story is the “true” story is still up for debate.
Originally designed by Paul Hadley, the Indiana State Flag was officially adopted by the state of Indiana on May 31, 1917 and has remained unchanged, except for the creation of a statute to standardize the production of the flag.
The Indiana State Flag depicts a golden torch and stars on a blue background. The torch represents enlightenment and liberty with the rays around the torch depicting its vast reach. The outer ring of 13 stars represents the original 13 colonies; the inner semi-circle of stars represents the next five states to join the union. The large star atop the torch with the word “Indiana” represents Indiana as the nineteenth state of America.