- Evansville, Indiana
official_name = City of Evansville, Indiana
nickname = River City, Epatch, the Ville, Stoplight City, and Eville
image_caption = Downtown Evansville riverfront.
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latitude = 37°58'38" N
longitude = 87°33'2" W
area_code = 812
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Evansville (pronEng|ˈɛvənzˌvɪl) is the third-largest city in the
U.S. stateof Indianaand the largest city in Southern Indiana. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 121,582, and a metropolitan population of 342,815. It is the county seatof Vanderburgh County and the regional hub for the Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois tri-state area.GR|6
Settled in 1812, the city is situated on a gentle horseshoe bend on the
Ohio Riverand often referred to as "River City." One of the most popular attractions in the region is Casino Aztar, the first riverboat casinoin the state of Indiana. Evansville is also home to both the University of Evansvilleand the University of Southern Indiana.
The broad economic base of the region has helped to build an economy which is known for its stability, diversity, and vitality. In 2004 Evansville was named an "All-America City" by the
National Civic League[cite web | title=National Civic League Announces Recipients | url=http://www.ncl.org/about/press/2004/0612.htm | accessdate=2004-06-12] and in 2008 it was voted one of the best cities in the country by Kiplinger. [cite web| title=2008 Best Cities | publisher= Kiplinger | url=http://www.kiplinger.com/features/archives/2008/08/2008-honorable-mention-evansville-indiana.html | accessdate=2008-08-18]
Settled by immigrants some 200 years ago, the city of Evansville is situated on a gentle horseshoe bend on the Ohio River. The first cabin built in Evansville was built in 1809, home of George Miller. As testament to the Ohio's grandeur, the early French explorers named it La Belle Riviere ("The Beautiful River"). Initially settled by Americans in 1812, the city was laid out in 1817. It was named in honor of
Robert Morgan Evans(1783-1844), one of its founders, an officer under then General William Henry Harrisonin the War of 1812.
It soon became a thriving commercial town, with an extensive river trade. It was incorporated in 1819 and received a city charter in 1847. The completion of the
Wabash and Erie Canal, which connected the Great Lakesto the Ohio River, greatly accelerated the city's growth. Evansville's first railroad company, Evansville & Crawfordsville Railroad, was built in 1850. By the U.S. census of 1890 Evansville ranked as the 56th largest urban area in the United States, a rank it gradually fell from in the early 1900s. [cite web | title=Population of the 100 Largest Urban Places: 1890 | publisher=U.S. Bureau of the Census | url=http://www.census.gov/population/documentation/twps0027/tab12.txt | accessdate=2006-05-02]
The first bridge to cross the Ohio River and connect Evansville with
Henderson, Kentucky, was built in 1932. After the devastating Ohio River flood of 1937, the city established the Evansville-Vanderburgh Levee Authority District. It built a system of earth levees, concrete walls, and pumping stations designed to protect the city.
World War II, Evansville was the largest inland producer of LSTs (Tank Landing Ships). Evansville also produced a specific line of the P-47 Thunderboltknown as the P-47Ds. These planes were also produced in Farmingdale on Long Island, New York. The Evansville craft were given the suffix "-Ra" while the Farmingdale planes were given the suffix "-Re". Evansville produced a total 6,242 P-47s and 167 LSTs during the war. [cite news | last =Lucas| first =John| title =Airplanes, especially P-47s, are city man's passion| work = Evansville Courier & Press| date = 2006-10-16| url =http://www.courierpress.com/news/2006/oct/18/airplanes-especially-p-47s-are-city-mans-passion/| accessdate =2007-06-03] In the early 1950s, industrial production in the city expanded at a rapid pace. Culturally, Evansville evolved in the 1950s with the construction of subdivisions on the outer reaches of the community. This shift in population led to other developments as shopping started to shift from the downtown area into suburban shopping centers. In 1963, Washington Square Mall became the first enclosed mall in the state of Indiana.
During the final third of the 20th century, Evansville became the commercial, medical, and service hub for the tri-state region. A 1990s economic spurt was fueled by the growth of the
University of Southern Indiana, which now has 10,000 students. The arrival of giant Toyotaat nearby Princeton and AK Steel plants, as well as Casino Aztar, Indiana's first gaming boat, also contributed to the growth of jobs.
On November 6, 2005, an F3 tornado struck the Evansville area and killed 25 people. The tornado began in Kentucky and crossed the Ohio River. It struck
Ellis Park Racecourse, East Brook Mobile Home Park, and then Newburgh, leaving a of path of destruction for more than convert|40|mi|km|sing=on. Nearly $85 million in damage was done. [cite web | title=NCDC Storm Event Database | url=http://www4.ncdc.noaa.gov/cgi-win/wwcgi.dll?wwevent~storms | accessdate=2006-11-14] Following the Evansville Tornado of November 2005, the coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agencynoted, "I don't think I've ever seen a community of people come out so quickly to help each other. All communities come together after a disaster, but this one is exceptional." [cite news | first=Bryon |last=Rohrig | title=FEMA Director Praises Local Teamwork | publisher=Evansville Courier & Press | date=2005-11-10 | url=http://www.courierpress.com/ecp/news/article/0,1626,ECP_734_4239245,00.html | accessdate=2005-11-15]
Geography and climate
Evansville is located at 37°58'38" North, 87°33'2" West (37.977166, -87.550566).GR|1According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 105.6 kilometers² (40.8 sq mi). 105.4 kilometers² (40.7 sq mi) of it is land and 0.2 kilometers² (0.1 sq mi) of it is water. The total area is 0.15% water.
The city faces the
Ohio Riveralong its southern boundary. Most of the city lies in a shallow valley surrounded by low rolling hills. The west side of the city is built on these rolling hills and is home to Burdette Park, Mesker Amphitheatre, and Mesker Park Zoo. The eastern portion of the city developed in the valley and is protected by a series of levees that closely follow the path of Interstate 164. A notable landmark on the east side is the convert|240|acre|km2|1|sing=on Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve.
The Evansville Metropolitan Area, the 142nd largest in the United States, includes four
Indiana counties(Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh, and Warrick) and two Kentuckycounties (Henderson, and Webster). The metropolitan area does not include Owensboro, Kentucky, which is an adjacent metropolitan area about convert|30|mi|km|0 southeast of Evansville. This area is sometimes referred to as " Kentuckiana," although "Tri-State Area" is more commonly used by the local media.
Evansville has a
humid continental climate( Koppen climate classification"Dfa", just north of the humid subtropical line) and four distinct seasons. Summers are hot and humid, winters are cool to cold. Average temperatures range from 32 degrees Fahrenheitto convert|78|°F|°C. Annual rainfall averages convert|42|in|mm and annual snowfall averages convert|13|in|mm. [cite web | title=University of Evansville Fact Sheet | url=http://www.evansville.edu/prospects/onlyue/whyevansville.asp | accessdate=2006-11-14]
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According to the
censusof 2000, there are 121,582 people and 30,527 families residing in the city. The population densityis 1,153.4 per kilometer² (2,987.0 per sq mi). There are 57,065 housing units at an average density of 541.3 per kilometer² (1,402.0 per sq mi). The racial makeup of the Evansville is 86.24% White, 10.92% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.49% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. 1.1% of the population is Hispanic or Latino of any race. 85.59% of the population is non-Hispanic white.
There are 52,273 households out of which 26.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.8% are married couples living together, 13.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 41.6% are non-families. 35.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.24 and the average family size is 2.90.
In the city the population consists of 22.7% under the age of 18, 11.5% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 88.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 85.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $31,963, and the median income for a family is $41,091. Males have a median income of $30,922 compared to $21,776 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city is $18,388. 13.7% of the population and 10.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 19.0% of those under the age of 18 and 8.4% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Victory Theatreis a vintage 1,950-seat venue that is home to the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. [cite web | title=The Victory Theatre | publisher=SMG Evansville | url=http://www.smgevansville.com/victory/victory.html | accessdate=2006-11-02] Each year, the orchestra presents a seven-concert classics series, four double pops performances, and special event concerts, as well as numerous educational and outreach performances. [cite web | title=Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra Website | url=http://www.evansvillephilharmonic.org | accessdate=2006-11-02] The theater also hosts local ballet and modern dance companies, theater companies, and touring productions.
A wide variety of concerts, plays, and other special events are held at the 2,500-seat auditorium at The Centre downtown. [cite web | title=The Centre | publisher=SMG Evansville | url=http://www.smgevansville.com/centre/centre.html | accessdate=2006-11-02] Outdoor concerts and special events are held at the 8,500-seat
Mesker Amphitheatreon the city's west side. [cite web | title=Mesker Amphitheatre | publisher=SMG Evansville | url=http://www.smgevansville.com/mesker/mesker.html | accessdate=2006-11-02] Larger concerts, sporting events, and special events are held at the 12,500-seat Roberts Municipal Stadiumon the city's east side. [cite web | title=Roberts Municipal Stadium | publisher=SMG Evansville | url=http://www.smgevansville.com/roberts/roberts.html | accessdate=2006-11-02]
The New Harmony Theatre is a professional theatre produced by the University of Southern Indiana and operating under an agreement with the Actors Equity Association. Well known actors such as Polly Holliday and Louis Zorich have appeared on the NHT stage, which presents a three play season every summer. The University of Southern Indiana also features a robust theatre program with a professional repertory season in the Fall.
Evansville Civic Theatre is Southern Indiana's longest running community theater, dating from the 1920s when the community theater movement swept across the country. From its humble beginnings at the old Central High School auditorium, Evansville Civic Theatre has had many homes – Memorial Coliseum, Bosse High School, the Rose Room of the McCurdy Hotel, the Elks Ballroom, and the Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences. In 1974, Evansville Civic Theatre acquired the historic Columbia Movie Theater as its permanent home. [cite web | title=Evansville Civic Theatre Website | url=http://www.civic.evansville.net/welcome.html | accessdate=2006-12-09]
The University of Evansville also maintains a prestigious theater program, which features four mainstage and two studio productions a year. A small independent music scene can also be found with local bands playing nightclubs such as Club 1123 and Boney Junes.
West Side Nut Club Fall Festivalis a street fair held in the area west of downtown Evansville. It is held on the first full week of October and draws nearly 150,000 people. The main attraction of the festival is the food, with offerings of standards like elephant ears and corn dogs to the more unusual, such as chocolate-covered crickets, brain sandwiches, and alligator stew. Paul Harveyonce remarked that only Mardi Grasin New Orleans is larger than the Fall Festival. [cite news | first=Rich |last=Davis | title=Fall Festival brings years of traditions, changes to streets of Evansville's West Side | publisher=Evansville Courier & Press | date=2006-10-01 | url=http://www.courierpress.com/news/2006/oct/01/steeped-in-history/ | accessdate=2006-11-04]
have been an added attraction in recent years along with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. [cite web | title=Evansville Freedom Festival Website | url=http://www.evansvillefreedomfestival.org | accessdate=2006-11-04]
On the last weekend of August, the popular "Frog Follies" takes place, when over 4,000 street rods converge on the Vanderburgh County 4-H fairgrounds north of the city. [cite web | title=Frog Follies Website | url=http://www.frogfollies.org | accessdate=2006-11-04]
Angel Mounds State Historic Site is nationally recognized as one of the best preserved prehistoric Native American sites in the
United States. [cite web | title=Angel Mounds State Historic Site | publisher=Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau | url=http://www.evansvillecvb.org/visitor-information/attractions-detail.tpl?ID=4 | accessdate=2006-11-14] From 1100 to 1450 A. D., a town near this site was home to people of the Middle Mississippian culture. Several thousand people lived in this town protected by a stockade made of wattle and daub. Because Angel Mounds was a chiefdom(the home of the chief), it was the regional center of a large community.
Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Scienceis home to one of southern Indiana's most established and significant cultural centers. It holds the Koch Planetarium, the oldest in Indiana. [cite web | title=The Koch Planetarium | publisher=The Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science | url=http://www.emuseum.org/planetarium.html | accessdate=2006-11-14] Also on the campus is the Evansville Museum Transportation Center, which features transportation in southern Indiana from the latter part of the Nineteenth Century through the mid-Twentieth Century.
Reitz Home Museumis Evansville's only Victorian House Museum. It is noted as one of the country's finest examples of Second French Empirearchitecture. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Placesin 1973.
In October 2005 the
USS LST 325moored in Evansville and was turned into a museum (USS LST Ship Memorial) in recognition of the city's war effort. During World War II, Evansville produced 167 LSTs (and 35 other craft), making it the largest inland producer of LSTs in the nation. The USS LST 325 is the last navigable tank landing shipin operation. [cite web | title=LST 325 | work=Evansville Courier & Press | url=http://web.courierpress.com/LST/ | accessdate=2006-11-14]
Children's Museum of Evansvilleopened its doors to the public in September 2006. [cite web | title=Koch Family Children's Museum of Evansville Website | url=http://www.cmoekids.org | accessdate=2006-11-14] The museum is the result of two years of planning and was constructed in the historic Central Library downtown. The Art Decobuilding is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum offers visitors three floors of interactive exhibits and galleries.
Parks and zoos
The city oversees the operation of 65 parks and 21 special facilities encompassing more than convert|2300|acre|km2|0 of land in the City of Evansville and Vanderburgh County. Among these are three popular 18-hole public
golfcourses and one 9-hole golf course.
Located on nearly convert|200|acre|km2|1 of rolling hills in western Vanderburgh County,
Burdette Parkfeatures an aquatic center with water slides, three pools, and a snack bar. It also offers a BMX racing track, batting cages, softball diamonds, miniature golf, tennis courts, and locations for fishing.
Mesker Park Zooopened in 1928. Set on a spacious 50 acre park, the zoo features over 700 animals roaming freely in natural habitats surrounded by exotic plants, wildflowers, and trees. Wesselman Woods Nature Preserveis a National Natural Landmarkwith nearly convert|200|acre|km2|1 of virgin bottomland hardwood forest. It is the largest tract of virgin forest located inside any city limits within the United States. [cite web | title=Wesselman Woods | publisher=Letterboxing North America | url=http://www.letterboxing.org/BoxView.php?boxnum=23497&boxname=Wesselman_Woods | accessdate=2006-11-14] The Nature Center features exhibits, events, wildlife observation areas, meeting rooms, library, and gift shop.
Sports in Evansville".
high schoolathletics are a constant source of local patronage, the University of Evansvilleand University of Southern Indianaregularly draw thousands of spectators to NCAA Division I and Division II sporting events. University of Evansville plays at Roberts Stadium. University of Southern Indianaplays at the USI PAC.
Evansville Otters baseballteam has played at historic Bosse Fieldin the Frontier Leaguesince 1995. Bosse Fieldopened in 1915 and is the third oldest baseball stadium still in use in the United States. [cite web | title=Bosse Field | publisher=Answers.com | url=http://www.answers.com/topic/bosse-field | accessdate=2006-11-14]
Evansville is also home to the
Evansville IceMenprofessional hockeyteam of the All American Hockey Associationand two semi-professional football teams: the Ohio River Bearcatsof the Midwest Football League, and the Tri-State Titansof the Mid Ohio Football League.
Evansville offers modern sports facilities for both soccer and ice skating events. The
Goebel Soccer Complexis a $3.4 million project that opened in the spring of 2004 on 70 acres of land and features nine Olympic-size irrigated Bermuda grass fields and one Olympic-size AstroPlay turf field. Additionally, the EVSC Double Cola Fieldsprovides twin soccer fields and stadium seating for high school regular season and postseason matches. Swonder Ice Arenais a $12.5 million double-rink facility that opened in the fall of 2002 and features a fitness center, a skate park, and party rooms.
Every year on the last weekend in June, Evansville hosts the
Thunder on the Ohiounlimited hydroplaneboat race on the Ohio Riverin downtown Evansville. Thunder on the Ohiois the first official race of the American Boat Racing Association, and has been broadcast on ESPNand the SPEED (TV channel). The Thunder on the Ohiorace is part of the Evansville Freedom Festival.
Current professional teams
The only daily
newspaperis the " Evansville Courier & Press", which is owned by the E.W. Scripps Company. The newspaper also publishes the monthly "Evansville Business Journal" for the region and owns the paper in neighboring Henderson, Kentucky. " [http://www.evansvilleliving.com Evansville Living] ", a bi-monthly city magazinepublished by the Tucker Publishing Group, showcases the people, businesses, and community. Other publications include "Maturity Journal", a free monthly newspaper aimed at senior citizens, "News4U", a free monthly entertainment magazine, and Club Evansville, a magazine aimed at the youth of Evansville.
The city has 32
radio stationsthat include adult contemporary, big band, classical, inspirational, jazz, rock, country, oldies, and easy listening formats. The University of Evansville's WUEVFM is a non-commercial station that plays a variety of alternative, classical, and jazz music. Other notable radio stations include alternative/ hard rockstation 103 GBF (also known as "the River City Rocker") and pop musicstations such as Hot 96 WSTO and 106.1 Kiss FM.
Evansville is the 101st-largest television market in the United States according to
Nielsen Media Research. The designated market areaconsists of 30 counties in Southeastern Illinois, Southwestern Indiana, and Northwestern Kentucky. The 2007 population estimate of this 30-county region is nearly one million people.
Public Access Televisionchannels are:
* [http://www1.wowway.com/cable/cable.aspx WOW]
* [http://www.insight-com.com/community.asp Insight] Illinois counties
* WhiteIndiana counties
* WarrickKentucky counties
Law and government
The Mayor of Evansville,
Jonathan Weinzapfel, serves as the chief executive officer. A nine-member elected City Councilis the legislative branch of city government. The City of Evansville is the county seat for Vanderburgh County. In recent years some parties have pushed for unifying the Evansville city and Vanderburgh County governments, as was done in the Indianapolis merger with Marion County in 1970. [cite web | title=Evansville and Vanderburgh County Unification Study | url=http://www.citycountystudy.com | accessdate=2005-12-02] The current proposal calls for a Mayor and Deputy Mayor, who would be appointed by the mayor; and a 15 member Metro Council composed of three at-large members and 12 members elected by the public.
Vanderburgh County's delegation to the Indiana State House of Representatives comprises four representatives:
Dennis Avery(District 75), Trent Van Haaften(District 76), Phil Hoy(District 77), and Suzanne Crouch(District 78). Evansville and Vanderburgh County are represented by two state senators. In general, the southern third of the county and Armstrong Township are part of District 49, currently held by Larry Lutz. The county's west side is also in District 49. Most of the county is in District 50, which extends to the east, a seat held by Vaneta Becker.
The region is located in the 8th District of Indiana ( [http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/images/preview/congdist/in08_109.gifmap] ) and served by U.S. Representative
Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation, Vanderburgh County, Indiana".
The city and county are divided into a nationally recognized public school system of 20 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, and five public high schools. In addition there are four parochial, two charter, and one private school.
Signature Schoolwas listed as the 54th best public high school in the nation on Newsweek's Top 100 High School list in 2006. [cite web | title=The Complete List: 1,200 Top U.S. Schools | work=Newsweek | publisher=MSNBC.com | url=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12532678/site/newsweek/ | accessdate=2006-11-03] It was the only school in Indiana to break the top 100. *The Southern Indiana Career & Technical Centerdraws students from nine school districts. [cite web| title=SICTC at-A-Glance | publisher=Southern Indiana Career & Technical Center |url=http://www.evscschools.com/AdminDefault.aspx?portalId=c45369af-1b9a-4929-a2a1-446af4fcbf7d&pid=65744905-4419-4c19-81ae-03f1440d3d4d&sid=6346dd26-abf5-4d7e-808c-ae7fbf51f478| accessdate=2008-09-08] ** Evansville Day Schooloffers grades JPK-12. The school's enrollment including all grades is 325. *** Faith Heritage Christian Schooloffers grades K-12. The school's enrollment including all grades is 105.
The city is home to two major universities, the
University of Evansvilleand the University of Southern Indiana(USI). The Indiana University School of Medicinealso has a presence in the city with the Evansville Center for Medical Education on the campus of USI. [cite web| title=Evansville Center for Medical Education | publisher=Indiana University School of Medicine | url=http://shaw.medlib.iupui.edu/ecme/ecmepage.htm | accessdate=2007-03-23] Other campuses in the city include Ivy Tech Community College, ITT Tech, Indiana Business College, and Oakland City University's School of Adult and Extended Learning. The main campus of Oakland City University is located just north of the city in Oakland City, Indiana.
Immediate access to all major forms of
transportationmakes Evansville an important factor in Indiana's global economy. The city boasts an excellent road, rail, water, and air transportation system.
* provides a convenient link from I-64 to the city's thriving eastside retail district and a direct route to the downtown business district.
*. Engineering design began in 1997 and construction began on July 16, 2008.
Indiana State Trunklines
* Another important route is the limited access west-east
Evansville Regional Airport, housed in a convert|140000|sqft|m2|-3|sing=on terminal, offers over 50 flights a day to destinations around the country. A complimentary shuttle service is offered from the airport to major hotels. The Metropolitan Evansville Transit System(METS) provides bus transportation to all sections of the city.
Evansville is the regional center for a large trade area in
Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois. The broad economic base of the region has helped to build an economy which is known for its stability, diversity, and vitality. Major industries today include manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, retailing, health care, and finance and business services. In 2007 the metropolitan area was ranked 88th in the nation in terms of growth and economic impact. [cite web| title=Economic Strength Rankings 2007 | publisher=POLICOM Corporation | url=http://www.policom.com/EconomicStrength2007.pdf | accessdate=2007-11-19]
headquartersinclude Accuride, Atlas Van Lines, Berry Plastics, Old National Bank, Shoe Carnival, and Vectren. The city is also home to American General Finance, a division of AIG, and Mead Johnson Nutritionals, a division of Bristol-Myers Squibb. Major manufacturing operations in and around the city include AK Steel in Rockport, Alcoain Newburgh, Toyotain Princeton, and Whirlpool Corporationin Evansville.
The city's economy was expanded by Casino Aztar's entertainment facility in 1995. The main complex consists of a 2,700 passenger riverboat casino, a 250-room hotel, a 1,660 vehicle parking garage, and pavilion housing pre-boarding facilities, retail shops, restaurants, and lounge area. An adjacent entertainment district features a 100-room
boutique hoteland additional restaurants.
The City of Evansville offers a unique pro-business tax structure for companies locating inside the Evansville Urban Enterprise Zone. Established in 1983 as one of only six enterprise zones in the State of Indiana, the convert|2.1|sqmi|km2|sing=on Evansville Urban Enterprise Zone offers inventory tax credits and other tax credits to eligible businesses.
Film and television
Game scenes in the 1992 film "
A League of Their Own" were filmed at Bosse Field. It is the third oldest baseball stadium still in use in the United States (behind Fenway Parkin Boston and Wrigley Fieldin Chicago). The ballpark served as the homefield for the Racine Belles.
All exterior shots on the 1988-1997
sitcom"Roseanne" are still photographs taken in and around Evansville. The Connors' house is located at 619 South Runnymeade Avenue, and the Lobo Lounge is a pizzeria located at the corner of Edgar and Louisiana Streets. Matt Williams, the show's creator and producer, is a native of Evansville.
The Daily Show" has featured Evansville in two episodes. The first featured a story about comedian Carrot Top's reopening the historic Victory Theatre. The second poked fun at former mayor Russel Lloyd Jr. for skipping out on a city meeting to attend Cher's Farewell Tour concert being performed on the same night at Roberts Stadium.
Evansville was also featured in Alton Brown's series "
Feasting on Asphalt". Alton and his crew visited the Greyhound Busstation to look at the vending machines, the YWCAtea room for lunch, and the Hilltop Inn for a brain sandwichand burgoo.
The city was briefly featured on the "
Prison Break" episode "Chicago" in which Sara Tancredimeets up with Michael Scofieldand Lincoln Burrowsin Evansville. The episode premiered on February 5, 2007. The Atlantic Paranormal Society(TAPS) investigated Willard Library's "Grey Lady" ghost on the show " Ghost Hunters".
AJ Alexander, Playboy model and actress [cite web| title=A.J. Alexander Web Site | url=http://www.ajalexander.net | accessdate=2007-11-11]
Chic Anderson, sportscaster
Anthony Williams, Army soldier
Alan Benes, baseball player
Andy Benes, baseball player
Avery Brooks, actor, best known for ' and '
Jamey Carroll, baseball player
Rudy Charles, Total Nonstop Action Wrestlingreferee
Calbert Cheaney, NBA basketball player
* Joe Cook, actor, entertainer, and comedien
Deke Cooper, NFLfootball player
John Cowan, singer, bassist John Cowan Bandand New Grass Revival
Elbert Frank Cox, mathematician
Neal Doughty, keyboard player, REO Speedwagon
Louise Dresser, actress
David Emge, actor, best known for "Dawn of the Dead"
Bob Ford, basketball player
Ron Glass, actor, best known for " Barney Miller" and "Firefly"
Phil Goss, actor and television personality in Poland and voice over professional for MTV Europe and VH1 Europe.
Bob Griese, National Football LeagueAll-Star, All-Pro, Hall of Famer
Raymond Geuss, philosopher and university professor
Ernie Haase, Southern Gospel tenor vocalist
Doug Bell, pro football, and kodak all-American at Ball State
Roy Halston Frowick, fashion designer
Bob Hamilton, professional golfer and winner of the 1944 PGA Championship
Kevin Hardy, football player
Don Mattingly, baseball player
Matt Mauck, NFL quarterback
Walter McCarty, NBA basketball player
Arad McCutchan, basketball coach
Michael Michele, actress, best known for "ER"
Michael Rosenbaum, actor, best known for "Smallville"
Marilyn Miller, stage and screen actress of the 1920s and 30s
Molly Newman, playwright and television producer
Robert D. Orr, former governorof Indiana
Paul Osborn, playwright, including screenplay for "East of Eden"
Jeff Overton, professional golfer
Ray Ryan, gambler, an oilman, a promoter, and a developer
Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr., prolific child author and poet
Steven Sater, Broadway Lyricist and playwright and American Poet
Ruth Siems, Stove Top Stuffingcreator
Paul Splittorff, baseball player
Larry Stallings, NFLlinebacker
Casey Stegall, national network correspondent for FOX News Channel
John Roach Straton, minister
Brian Tennyson, PGA Tourwinner
Andrew Thomas, Total Nonstop Action Wrestlingproducer and referee
Andy Timmonsguitarist for the 80s hard rock band Danger Danger
Lynn Townsend, former CEO of Chrysler Corporation
Henry Babcock Veatch, philosopher and writer
Geno Washington, soul singer
* Matt Williams, producer of "
The Cosby Show", " Home Improvement", and "Roseanne"
Evansville has two
sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International, Inc. (SCI): [cite web| url=http://www.sister-cities.org/icrc/directory/usa/IN| title=Sister Cities International| accessdate=2006-11-20]
* [http://www.evansvillegov.org/ City of Evansville Official Government Site]
* [http://www.evansvillecvb.org/ Evansville Convention & Visitor's Bureau]
* [http://www.evscschools.com/ Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation Official Website]
* [http://www.evscschools.com/AdminDefault.aspx?portalId=c45369af-1b9a-4929-a2a1-446af4fcbf7d&pid=65744905-4419-4c19-81ae-03f1440d3d4d&sid=6346dd26-abf5-4d7e-808c-ae7fbf51f478 Southwestern Indiana Career & Technical Center]
* [http://www.evpl.org/ Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library]
* [http://www.historicevansville.com/ Historic Evansville]
* [http://southernindianatrails.awardspace.com/ Southern Indiana Trails]
* [http://www.evansvilleliving.com Evansville Living]
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