Nestled along the banks of the Ohio River in Southern Indiana, Evansville is a hidden gem of the Midwest. Because of its proximity to major cities like Nashville, Indianapolis, Cinncinnati, and St. Louis, Evansville is an ideal location for those who prefer small-town charm but easy access to the big city lights. Evansville offers affordable housing, top-notch schools, fantastic shopping and dining, and world-class medical facilities while maintaining a courteous, know-your-neighbor atmosphere. Evansville is a popular place to live, work, and visit, and is growing at a rapid pace.
Rich in history, archeologists have discovered evidence that Native Americans lived around the area from at least 8,000 BCE. The most notable being at Angel Mounds State Historic Site in Newburgh. Evansville, as we know it, was established on 200 acres of land that Hugh McGary Jr. purchased from the government in 1812. Evansville is named after the legislator and war hero Col. Robert M. Evans to help attract more settlers to the village.
Because of its location and vast natural resources, Evansville blossomed into a thriving social, economic, and industrial hub for the entire region. In WWII, Evansville rallied to lead the nation in the production of landing ship tanks (LSTs), P-47 aircraft, and ammunition helping the United States claim victory over the Axis alliance.
On Evansville's east side you'll find the University of Evansville (founded in 1854) and on the west side, you'll find the University of Southern Indiana (founded in 1965). Frontier League Baseball’s Evansville Otters make historic Bosse Field home. Only behind Wrigley Field in Chicago and Fenway Park in Boston, Bosse is the third-oldest working baseball field in the country and was featured in the beloved film A League of Their Own starring Tom Hanks, Madonna, and Geena Davis.
Evansville's most notable annual event is The West Side Nut Club Fall Festival. Held the first full week of every October, over 135 non-profits are invited to sell food items down Franklin Street. People come from all over the country to enjoy delicacies like pickle slushies, puppy chow, and brain sandwiches.