Perched on the banks of the beautiful Ohio River, Evansville, Indiana knows how to show visitors a good time. The third largest city in Indiana, Evansville boasts a population of 117,429. Its metro area population is 311,552 in both Kentucky and Indiana. County seat of Vanderburgh County, Evansville is also the largest city in southern Indiana. Evansville has many things to offer visitors. Humans have inhabited the site for millennia, with archeological evidence of human habitation since 8,000 BCE. The founding of the modern town occurred on March 27, 1812. The founder, Hugh McGary, first named it McGary’s Landing. He later changed the name to Evansville in 1817 to attract more settlers. The new town’s namesake was Colonel Robert Morgan Evans, a noted local resident and army captain during the War of 1812.
Four Museums and a Mansion The rich cultural heritage of the city includes four museums:
- Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville – 812-464-2663
- Evansville African American Museum – 812-423-5188
- Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science – 812-425-2406
- Reitz Home Museum – 812-426-1871
The Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville features three floors of exhibits. The exhibits’ design encourages children to learn through play. At the Evansville African-American Museum, visitors learn the story of Evansville’s African-American community. Over 30,000 items await visitors to the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science. The artifacts range from fine art pieces to historical relics. Victorian charm awaits visitors to the Reitz Home Museum. This restored mansion contains period furniture and French gilt chandeliers.
Native American Indian Mound Site Angel Mounds State Historic Site, 8215 Pollack Avenue, is a rich archeological treasure. The site is one of the best-preserved prehistoric sites in the United States. The 100-acre site contains twelve earthen mounds, trails and interpretive information depicting Middle Mississippian culture. During September, the event Native American Days features Native American dancing, music, crafts and other demonstrations. (812) 853-3956
Southwest Indiana Gambling Evansville’s gaming facilities include Ellis Park Race Track and Tropicana Evansville. Ellis Park Race Track, 3300 US 41, runs live thoroughbred horses from July through Labor Day. Call for racing information at 812-425-1456. Tropicana Evansville, 421 NW Riverside Drive, is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. It includes the “City Of Evansville” riverboat casino. The boat has three levels of Las Vegas-style gaming action. Those seeking more information may call 812-433-4000 or 800-342-5386.
Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve The Preserve includes 190 acres of virgin bottomland hardwood forest in the middle of Evansville. The Preserve features events, wildlife observation areas, meeting rooms, and a library/gift shop. Located at 551 N. Boeke Road, the Preserve includes Howell Wetlands. This thirty-five acre wetland has trails and wildlife viewing areas.
Cruise the River On A WWII Warship The last operational LST in existence has a home on the Ohio River in Evansville, Indiana. Winston Churchill called the LST, called “The ship that won the war.” These ships saw extensive service as a landing craft on hundreds of sea-to-land invasions during World War II. This boat, the http://www.lstmemorial.org/ LST 325, saw action at Normandy Beach. Visitors may tour the ship, which sometimes departs from the port for river cruises. Phone 812-435-8678 for information about this historical craft.
Evansville, Indiana offers visitors a memorable visit. Gaming, nature, interesting museums and history, you will find it all at this fine city on the Ohio River. Call the Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau, 812-433-3025 for lodging and dining information.
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