Evansville (pop 126,272) is the seat of Vanderburgh Co. in
southwest Indiana. Incorporated in 1847, it is an important
transportation hub and a regional cultural and industrial center.
Settled in 1812, the
community grew as a river port, especially after the completion in 1853
of the Wabash and Erie Canal linking the Ohio River at Evansville with
Lake Erie. It is named for Robert M. Evans (1783-1842), who mapped the
The city is the seat
of the University of Evansville (1854), the University of Southern
Indiana (1965), and the Evansville Museum of Arts and Science.
The history of
Evansville is preserved in its remarkable historic architecture. A
walking or trolley tour of any of several national historic districts
will allow you to experience first-hand the lives and times of our