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Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana, USA

"Evansville, a city and port of entry of Indiana, the capital of Vanderburg co, is situated on a high bank of the Ohio River, about 190 miles below Louisville, and 190 miles above Cairo. It is on the St. Louis & Southeastern Rail road (which here crosses the river by a ferry-boat), 162 miles E.S.E. of St. Louis, and is the south terminus of the Evansville & Terre Haute Railroad, which connects here with the Lake Erie, Evansville & Southwestern Railroad, 109 miles S. of Terre Haute. The course of the river is here so remarkably sinuous that Evansville, though upon its bank, is near the centre of the county. The city contains about 50 churches, a city hall, 5 national banks, a savings bank, a high school, a handsome court-house, an opera-house, a custom-house, 8 public halls, a United States marine hospital, and printing offices which issue 6 daily and 5 weekly newspapers; 2 of the dailies are in the German language. Its prosperity is chiefly derived from trade, and extensive manufactures of furniture, engines and boilers, machinery, stoves and heaters, flour, leather, saddlery and harness, cotton goods, lumber, tobacco, farming-implements, &c., the aggregate value of which is about $5,000,000 per annum, Evansville has 12 flouring-mills, 6 breweries, 7 iron-foundries, 4 machine-shops, a rolling-mill, 2 woollen-mills, a large cotton-factory (400 hands), and several planing-mills and saw-mills. It is favorably situated for manufactures, being surrounded by extensive beds of coal, which is abundant and cheap. It is said to be the largest £ for corn, wheat, and pork on the Ohio River between its mouth and Cincinnati. It is the centre of a great tobacco producing section, and has a large trade in that staple. A how building has recently been erected here for the custom house and post-office, which cost $250,000. Here is the Willard Library and Art Gallery, endowed with $500,000. Evansville is lighted with gas, and supplied with water by the Holly system. Pop, in 1860, 11,484; in 1870, 21,830; in 1880, 29,280; in 1890, 50,756."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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Evansville, Indiana, USA
Swan's Down Prepared Cake Flour
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The Ladies' Home Journal
June 1898

Evansville, Indiana, USA
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Evansville, Indiana, USA
Walnut Street Presbyterian Church

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History and News of Evansville, Indiana, USA

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  • News  1885 - EVANSVILLE, IND., FLOODED.
    Evansville, Ind., May 29. -- A tremendous rain fall visited this city yesterday afternoon. The centre of the cloud-burst seemed within the territory... Read MORE...

  • News  1889 - On the 9th, R. F. Schor, book-keeper of the First National Bank of Evansville, Ind., committed suicide by hanging. Unsuccessful speculation was the cause.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    April 13, 1889
  • News  1890 - Tornado
    Later Reports Show the Loss of Life and Property Increasing.

    EVANSVILLE, Ind., March 31. - Every hour brings additional news of the... Read MORE...

  • 1901 - February 5 - In Evansville, Indiana, a fire burns through the business district, causing $175,000 of damage.
    February 5, 1901
  • News  1902 - Lightning Destroys a Fine Evansville Church. FINE CHURCH RUINED. Lightning Causes Fire That Destroyed Structure.
    Evansville, Ind., March 31 - St. Boniface Catholic church, located in the western suburbs of this city, was struck by lightning at an early hour... Read MORE...

    Evansville, Ind., March 20 - Five were killed and a score injured in an explosion at the Sunnyside mine this afternoon.
    The dead:
    WILLIAM...

  • 1916
    Evansville, a city of Indiana, the capital of Vanderburg co., and the second city in population in the state, is situated on a broad, high plateau,... Read MORE...

    EVANSVILLE, Ind., Monday, Jan. 25 - (UP) - Ohio river flood waters swept over the 51-foot flood wall at Evansville today and began creeping toward... Read MORE...

  • 1953 - September 09 - WFIE TV channel 14 in Evansville, IN (NBC) begins broadcasting

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