Purdue /IN History

So you've moved to Indiana. How do you explain this to people? You are now and forever known as both a Boilermaker and a Hoosier and you have no idea what either of them means. Be comforted that most residents of the area don't know either.

Famous Hoosiers

  • Axl Rose
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • James Dean
  • Michael Jackson
  • Steve McQueen
  • Larry Bird.

What is a Hoosier?

There are several different possible explanations as to where the term Hoosier originated. Since I don't know either, here is a link to several of them.

What is a Boilermaker?


Again the origins of this nickname have been lost to history, but there are several explanations. The official Purdue explanation seems to be the most popular.

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