From this week's American Profile Magazine. Since I live in the Midwest, I get those tidbits. They have tidbits on all states based on section. You can check them out at www.americanprofile.com.
Doing the "I"s.
ILLINOIS-- At 22, Chicago Bulls player DEREK ROSE became the youngest player to win the NBA's Most Valuable Player. He was born and grew up in Chicago and now returns to play for his town.
INDIANA-- The official Hoosier state pie (Have we come to official state pies? I wonder what Illinois' is? Probably Gov. State Pen Pies.) is the SUGAR CREAM PIE. (Now that sounds like something I would like to try.) It dates from Quaker settlements in the eastern part of the state in the early 1800s.
Wick's Pies in Winchester (pop. 4,935) is famous for its Sugar Cream Pie which is made from milk, sugar, flour, shortening, vanilla and nutmeg.
IOWA-- What is 13 stories high and a half-mile long? You'll find it between Madrid (pop. 2,543) and Woodward (pop. 1,024) and it's the High Trestle Bridge which gives bicyclists a grand view of the Des Moines River Valley. (Can you outbike that full-throttle train?)
Just Some Interesting Stuff. --RoadDog