Today’s spot of the day is in Evansville, Indiana. Evansville received its city charter in 1847 and became an official city in the county of Vanderburgh, Indiana.
Early French explorers enjoyed the scenery so much that they named the city “La Belle Riviere,” which means “The Beautiful River.”
- As of 2020, Evansville was home to over 118,400 people. This makes the city the most populated in the Vanderburgh county area and the second most populated in Southern Indiana.
- There are 13 different neighborhoods in Evansville that are listed as historic districts.
- Evansville became a major industrial production site to build LSTs (Landing Ship-Tanks). This helped push the city out of the Great Depression.
- If you’re looking for the best time to visit Evansville, the first week of November is your best bet because of the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival. This event is a street fair held in the area west of downtown Evansville and attracts over 100,000 people daily.
- Reitz Home Museum: John Augustus Reitz immigrated to the US from Germany to build a better life, and build a better life he did! Reitz had his home built for his family of 12. Of his ten children, only three married. The rest remained single and lived in this Victorian mansion for the rest of their lives.
- Bosse Field: Visitors looking to have a good time can catch a match at the Historic Bosse Field. This stadium is located in Garvin park and can host 7,180 people at a go. Bosse Field was built in 1915, making it the third oldest ballpark still in regular use in the United States. It’s also where A League of Their Own was filmed!
- USS LST Ship Memorial: The USS LST Ship Memorial is a masterful restoration of a vessel that carried US troops to war during WW2 and the Korean War. A tour of this “workhorse of the sea” will take you back in time and let you experience
Evansville has so much to offer every traveler; don’t miss this great city on your next roadtrip!