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Evansville Indiana and The Little Know Fact About It



Hello Everybody,

For these of you who didn’t see my electronic mail, sure, I’ve Covid. I’m simply ending up Day 5, and I’m on Day Three of the 5-day remedy of the antiviral Plaxlovid. I’m doing okay. I truly felt higher yesterday than at the moment, however the fever is gone.

Thanks a lot to so a lot of you who took the time to ship me heat get, nicely needs. I very a lot recognize that.


So, why a submit about Evansville, Indiana?


Nicely, for one factor, anybody who’s learn my weblog for some time has in all probability seen certainly one of my favourite posts, a short autobiography of my adolescence into younger maturity. And, in the event you’ve learn it, you’ll know that I spent all of my adolescence, from 18 months – 183 months (15.3), in Evansville, Indiana.


So, why now could be there a submit about Evansville, or E’ville because the locals name it?


Right here’s why.

Final November, I believe it was, my darling son Cale stated one thing like this:

“Mother, I wish to make a journey with you to Evansville to see the place you grew up, after which we are able to go to Chicago, the place you had been born, after which to Milwaukee to see Aunt Holly and Cousin Cherie. How does that sound?”

Oh, darling, that seems like an exquisite thought, however when did you wish to take this journey?

“Nicely, I used to be pondering proper round your birthday in early February.”




Wait! What??? You wish to drive from Evansville to Chicago after which Milwaukee in early February??? OMG, Cale! No FREAKING approach! I’m not going anyplace close to Chicago or Milwaukee at the moment of yr.

Immediately, all of it got here flooding again, the blinding snowstorms, the unbearably lengthy, snot-freezing chilly winters. I stated, “we are able to take this journey no sooner than mid-April, ideally in Could or June. Thanks.”

Then, a few month in the past, Cale jogged my memory concerning the journey. He instructed me to fulfill him in Nashville on the twenty first of April however seek the advice of with him first concerning the itinerary.


Map Road Trip April 2022


haha. No. I simply booked it. Every part was reversible by Airbnb. Ultimately, he was thrilled with my selections. We had roughly two days in every space.


I haven’t talked about that Cale has been on the highway (or water) since November!


So, on Friday, April twenty second, after I flew to Nashville to fulfill him, we bought in Cale’s totally packed automobile, and he drove us to Evansville, IN.

I hadn’t been again there since 1994, but it surely all regarded just about the identical because it did then.


I’m most ceaselessly requested concerning Evansville, “What’s it close to?”


My reply is all the time: “It’s close to Henderson, KY.”



Often, I get confused-looking faces as they’ve by no means heard of Henderson. Nevertheless, as you’ll be able to see, it’s certainly simply on the opposite facet of the Ohio River from Henderson, Kentucky.


tri state area surrounding Evansville Indiana

The fact is that Evansville IS the largest metropolis for nicely over 100 miles in any route. Louisville, KY’s closest giant metropolis, is 123 miles and a two-hour drive away.



Should you’re curious concerning the historical past of Evansville, please have a look at this Wikipedia web page.

However, in brief, Evansville is understood for basketball, the Ohio River which had a large flood in 1937. It’s house to 2 Universities. And, it’s the city used to movie some scenes from the film, “A League of Their Personal.”


the dink in E

As for me, my origins in Evansville started on this tiny house inhabited by 5 individuals and a boxer named Cleo again in 1958.

We affectionately referred to as it the dink. Though, I consider it was smaller than it’s now, and naturally, all the siding, and so forth., is completely different.



Two years later, we moved into this house on Bellemeade Ave. It’s in a neighborhood referred to as Hebron Meadows. I suppose the identify got here from the Elementary faculty I went to referred to as Hebron.

Hebron Elementary School E

The previous Hebron not exists, and it was not straightforward discovering any images of it, however above is the old fashioned with later annex on the suitable.


Nevertheless, I’m getting forward of myself, for we’re solely arriving proper now for our digital go to to Evansville, Indiana.


Above a fast shot by the windshield as we drove up Rte 41 by Henderson, KY, into Evansville.

Friday night, after a really fast freshening up at our Airbnb in the course of city, Cale and I headed to quaint, historic Newburg, Indiana, the closest city and principally a suburb of Evansville.


There we met my expensive childhood and neighborhood pal Robin who then drove us to our restaurant, Cafe Arazu, the place we sat outdoors one block from the shores of the Ohio River. It actually couldn’t have been extra excellent.


Evansville is just not recognized for its stellar climate.


Whereas far milder than the northeast, the winters are nonetheless lots chilly, however the summers are beastly sizzling and humid. Nevertheless, the weekend we there, the climate was excellent, dry and heat.


Robin and me Newburgh Indiana April 2022 photo LBI

Above with Robin, who remains to be simply as darling as ever.


Robin and the gang mid 1960s

Robin introduced a pic from a birthday celebration a while within the mid-Sixties. Sure, that’s me within the again. Robin handled us to a go to to her beautiful house full of most of the items her mom had again within the 60s. Robin’s mom had beautiful style, and I’ve instructed Robin many instances that I discovered the whole lot I learn about interiors from her proficient mother.


Cale and me lunch E

The subsequent day we had lunch on the now-defunct Grayhound bus station with my BFF from center faculty years, the gorgeous and all the time fashionable Sheree E.


Sheree and Me defunct Grayhound bus station E

After lunch, Sheree, who was nursing a damaged ankle, left Cale and me to wander the downtown space. I all the time liked this a part of city however seldom noticed it as a result of it wasn’t in nice form again within the 60s. Nevertheless, starting someday, I consider within the late 70s, these previous properties began to be refurbished, and all the downtown space grew to become revitalized.

We walked down by that bend within the river that borders this a part of city.


Ohio River Evansville Indiana April 2022 photo LBI

Right here is the place the levee was constructed after the large 1937 flood that put tons of of acres of town underwater. I consider they labored additional on the levee in newer years.




McCurdy Hotel - Evansville Indiana April 2022 photo LBI

We additionally walked previous the enduring McCurdy Resort on River Drive. That is the place my grandparents from Chicago liked to remain. The lodge is now a condominium.


Evansville Indiana April 2022 photo LBI - red brick Federal style home

Cale and I continued our stroll within the previous neighborhood near the Ohio River. These properties had been constructed within the 1800s within the oldest a part of town. I lucked out that the lady simply occurred to be watering her vegetation.


detail exterior Victorian brick home -Evansville Indiana April 2022 photo LBI


Federal Style home Evansville Indiana April 2022 photo LBI

Poor Cale was principally an excellent sport ready for me to take my images of the homes.

After which we came across this.

Greek Key red door -Evansville Indiana April 2022 photo LBINevertheless, once I noticed the Greek Key sample on the door, all was proper with the world as soon as once more. haha


Historic Victorian home E

That’s higher. The downtown riverfront space is stuffed with historic Victorians such because the one above.

Lovely Federal home -Evansville Indiana April 2022 photo LBI

This Federal-style house is my favourite.


The old county courthouse for Vanderburgh County E

Above is the previous Courthouse. I consider at one level, earlier than it grew to become a nationwide landmark, they had been contemplating tearing it down. Phew! That was shut!


Willard Library-Evansville Indiana April 2022 photo LBI

One other treasure is a childhood treasure, the Willard Library.

I talked about it on this submit about libraries.


Evansville Indiana April 2022 photo LBI - Willard Library

One other view of the Willard Library. I’ve such fond recollections of my mother bringing me right here. She liked this place, too.

James and Rosemary Geiss Collection Mac


It was a lot enjoyable revisiting Evansville, reuniting with previous mates, and reminiscing concerning the good previous days; so many great recollections.


As an illustration, consuming at everybody’s favourite restaurant, Mac’s Barbecue, the place we’d eat ourselves sick, it was so good, however there was all the time room for coconut cream pie.

Or the hours spent cooling off on the Surf Membership off of Inexperienced River Highway. Sadly, neither Mac’s nor the Surf Membership nonetheless exist. Though, the Surf Membership home remains to be there, it’s a Montessori Faculty now. They stuffed the swimming pools and turned them right into a playground.

Mommy and me summer 1958 - TrockmanI’m ending off with a cherished picture of my candy mama, Lee, in the summertime of ’58 at Trockman’s swim membership. My sister Holly would in all probability give her eye enamel for the possibility to spend one other summer season there. I’m unsure what occurred, however two years later we joined the Surf Membership.

Nicely, that was a tiny style of Evansville, Indiana. I all the time thought it was a terrific place to develop up. It was extremely healthful, and certainly, once I was very younger, there have been cornfields nearly in all places. However, by the point I left, that was all becoming extra buying areas and chain eating places.


Evansville is neither fairly a northern midwestern city nor a southern one. Nevertheless, it’s extra tied to the south than the north, I believe.


I hope you loved the digital go to.

Subsequent up, the windy metropolis–


Lake Shore Drive Chicago Illinois-April 2022 photo LBI

For this leg of the journey, I made a decision that if we had been going to Chicago, we should always keep within the coronary heart of the Chicago Loop. Please keep tuned!


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