Soon, visitors will be greeted by new "Welcome to Indiana" signs along the highways.

If you have ever traveled along the highways entering Indiana, you've most likely seen that same blue "Welcome to Indiana" sign that says "Lincoln's Boyhood Home." It has been around for years. Traveling out of state to visit family, that sign always let me know, especially as a kid, that we were almost home.


Yesterday, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, unveiled the new signage that will be displayed along highways throughout the state to welcome visitors into Indiana. The signage was revealed at the Indianapolis Motorspeedway. One of the biggest changes to these signs is that no longer will the "Welcome to Indiana" signs feature the iconic slogan "The Crossroads of America," instead, they will feature a new slogan of "More to Discover."

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"These initiatives showcase the state's commitment to tourism and economic growth, highlighting the importance of providing an enhanced travel experience for our visitors," said IDDC Secretary and CEO Elaine Bedel. "We are thrilled to extend the reach of the IN Indiana campaign throughout the entire state. Tourists and residents will have a warm Indiana welcome whenever they cross our state borders."

When Will We Start Seeing These Signs on Highways?

INDOT says that they will install 19 interstate signs reading "More to Discover IN Indiana" by May 26, throughout the state. By the end of June, INDOT will install 57 more entry signs along non-interstate routes.

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Outside the major cities, the Hoosier state is full of tiny little towns you've probably passed through on your way to one of those cities. Most of them are likely 100 to 150 years old, or older, and have been around far longer than the large metropolitan areas such as Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend, and Evansville. Typically, they were started by early settlers who found their way to the state and decided to make it home. Eventually, others would join them, and a community was formed. Over time, as the surrounding areas grew, most of them were folded into those areas and governed by the nearest city or county's governing body officially making them "unincorporated," meaning they did not have their own formally organized municipal government.

A scroll through Wikipedia's long list of unincorporated communities in Indiana shows several of them have names that by today's standards would be considered weird, quirky, or just downright right funny. These are my 40 favorities.

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