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Providing you with information on how to stay entertained and active in Evansville!
Last Updated: Jan 17, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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This LibGuide provides information on staying active and entertained in Evansville, IN. 
IMPORTANT NOTE:  Evansville is in a weird time zone warp.  We're on Central time, but most of Indiana, including some places not that far away, are on Eastern time.  When planning to visit a site listed here, if not in Evansville, please make sure to check if it operates on Eastern or Central time.  
Although we've tried to include as much information as possible, it would not be possible to maintain a comprehensive guide for all organizations and companies in the city.  To see the most current information, check the organization's/company's own website.  And if you find something you enjoy that's not listed here, please let us know!
Many areas of the guide allows users to rate and comment on the various organizations, attractions, institutions, and companies listed.  These ratings and comments are personal and do not reflect the views of Rice Library.



Celebrate Evansville


The Best of the Best

Every year, Evansville Living magazine polls its users as to Evansville's Best___________, in a number of different categories.  Take a look at the 2015 winners.            


Welcome to Evansville!!

Here's a (very) brief history of the place where you now find yourself!  Evansville was founded in 1811 when Hugh McGary, Jr. purchased about 440 acres and named it McGary's Landing.  Obviously that's not the name that stuck--in 1814, in order to attract more settlement, it was renamed Evansville to honor General Robert Morgan Evans, a War of 1812 militia captain and later brigadier general.  Evans served as county clerk and was later speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives.  Evansville became incorporated in 1817, and in 1818 was named the county seat of Vanderburgh County.  Henry Vanderburgh was the chief judge of the Indiana territorial supreme court.  


 This etched steel sculpture by artist Amy Musia is entitled The Bend in the River, and was installed on the riverfront in 1993.  It depicts McGary and Evans meeting.



Take a look at this map and see how the Ohio River here in Evansville makes such a distinct turn. This explains both the title of the above sculpture and Evansville's nickname as the Crescent City.




Evansville by the Numbers

Land area in square miles, 2010               44.15


City population, 2013 estimate               120,310

      Aged 20 to 24 years                           10,091

      Born in the United States                 116,319*

      Born in Indiana                                   84,854*

      Most common ancestry reported        German*

      Persons per household, 2009-2013       2.25

       25 years of age and older holding a bachelor's degree or higher  4,605*

   *2009-2013 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates


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