Evansville, Indiana, USA - 1854 - Evansville
Evansville, a flourishing town, port of entry, and capital of Vanderburg county, Indiana, is situated on a high bank of the Ohio river, 200 miles from its mouth, and 200 miles below Louisville, in Kentucky. It is connected by railroad with Vincennes, 60 miles distant, and is the terminus of the Wabash and Erie canal, which was completed in 1853. This canal, which is about 460 miles long, is the most extensive in the Union. The course of the river is here so winding that Evansville is not far from the centre of the county. The situation is fine, on ground which ascends gradually. About one-fourth of the houses are built of brick, and the others of wood. Among the public buildings are 9 or 10 brick churches, a court house, the branch of the State Bank, a splendid and costly edifice, and a marine hospital. There are 6 printing offices. The commercial advantages above named, together with the navigation of the Ohio, which is seldom obstructed either by drought or ice below Evansville, render this a place of extensive trade, and the principal shipping point for the grain and pork of South-western Indiana. The village of Lamasco joins Evansville on the N. W. Population in 1853, about 8000.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
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