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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

USA state quarters - V

Kansas state quarter
usa kansas state quarterThe Kansas state quarter incorporates a buffalo and a sunflower in its design, both of which are common and endeared in the state, with them being the state animal and state flower, respectively.

Iowa state quarter
usa iowa state quarterThe Iowa state quarter shows a one room schoolhouse with a teacher and students plating a tree. The design is based on "Arbor Day," a painting by Grant Wood, who was born near Anamosa, Iowa. Grant Wood is known the world over for his paintings which are based on small town folk and the verdant landscapes.

Iowa prides itself in having a strong foundation in education. when it was admitted to the union in 1846, it already had a number of rural country schools, and high schools were established as early as the 1850s, whereas education was not widespread in the US until 1900.

Indiana state quarter
usa indiana state quarterThe Indiana state quarter picture shows how the state cherishes the celebrated Indianapolis 500 race. The design depicts a race car and the words"crossroads of America." The 19 stars symbolize the induction of Indiana as the 19th state in the United States in 1816.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a 2.5 mile track built in 1909 for automotive research purposes. While the track was and is used for research, it is best known for hosting auto races, most famously, the Indy 500. The oldest auto race in the world, the Indy 500 has been run every year since 1911, except during the two World Wars. The winner of the first Indy 500 was Ray Harroun whose car, the Marmon Wasp, is thought to have been the first to have a single seat and to use a rearview mirror. In the time since Harroun's victory, the Indy 500 has become an international event, synonymous with auto racing.

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