Evansville, Indiana


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Evansville is part of the southern portion of the present-day state of Indiana.  Paleo-Indians had inhabited this area for at least 10,000 years prior to European exploration.  Between 1400 and 1450, this part of the country had Miami, Shawnee, Piankeshaw, Wyandot, Delaware, and French fur trapping presences.  Finally, in 1805, the Delaware “relinquished” the land to US General William Henry Harrison, who at the time was the governor of the Indiana Territory.  Later in life, Harrison would become president of the United States, for a month, prior to his death.

Hugh McGary Jr. purchased 441 acres of land in this area of Indiana on March 27th, 1812.  Originally, he named his settlement “McGary’s Landing,” but in 1814, in order to attract more settlers, he renamed the village Evansville, in honor of Colonel Robert Morgan Evans, who had fought in the American theater of the War of 1812.  Evansville was officially incorporated in 1817.

Today, according to a 2014 estimate by the US Census Bureau, Evansville, Indiana has a total population of 120,346 people.  This makes it the third most populous city in the state and the 223rdmost populous city in the country.  The Evansville metropolitan area, according to that same report, has a total population of 314,280 people.  This makes it the 156th most populous metropolitan area in the United States.

Evansville, Indiana is home to a cornucopia of corporations.  These businesses include Accuride, Ameriqual Group, Anchor Industries, Atlas Van Lines, Berry Plastics, Evana Tool & Engineering, Karges Furniture, Koch Enterprises, Lewis Bakeries, Metronet, Old National Bank, Red Spot Paint & Varnish, Shoe Carnival, Springleaf Financial, Traylor Brothers, and Vectren.  Evansville is also well known as a hub for the healthcare and medical industries.  Local hospitals like Deaconess and St. Mary’s account for much of the city’s modern-day employment.

Of course, Evansville, Indiana isn’t all business.  Near the city lie the Angel Mounds State Historic Site, which is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is considered a U.S. National Historic Landmark.  Angel Mounds marks the site of a town constructed from 1100 AD to 1450 AD, one of the farthest northeastern expansions of the Mississippian culture.

If history isn’t your cup of tea, though, Evansville, Indiana also boasts the Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden.  The Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden, which opened in 1928, is one of the oldest zoos in the state and “features 200 species and more than 700 animals roaming freely in natural habitats surrounded by exotic plants, wildflowers, and trees.”

Evansville, Indiana also has you covered when it comes to sports.  Tropicana Evansville is a riverboat casino which opened in 1995.  The riverboat has the capacity to hold 2,700 passengers, and in 2005, this “casino generated $137 million in revenue and $41 million in profits.”

Elsewhere in Evansville sits Bosse Field, the third oldest baseball ballpark in the country still in regular use.  Bosse Field opened on June 17th 1915 and today is home to the Frontier League’s Evansville Otters.  The Otters have two league championships to their names.  Southern Professional Hockey League’s Evansville Thunderbolts play their home games in Ford Center while NA3HL’s Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts play in Swonder Ice Arena.  Premier Arena Soccer League’s Evansville Crush play their home matches at Metro Sports Center.  Meanwhile, Kentucky Football League’s Evansville Enforcers play their home games at Romain Stadium.

Own a small business in the Evansville, Indiana area?  Are you considering it?  These resources could prove useful to you:

Apply for a Business License in Evansville, Indiana

Tri-State Better Business Bureau

Southwest Indiana Chamber (of Commerce)

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