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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Vanderburgh County, Indiana

Clickable Map of Vanderburgh County, Indiana and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Vanderburgh County, IN (47) Gibson County, IN (31) Posey County, IN (15) Warrick County, IN (65) Henderson County, KY (50)  VanderburghCounty(47) Vanderburgh County (47)  GibsonCounty(31) Gibson County (31)  PoseyCounty(15) Posey County (15)  WarrickCounty(65) Warrick County (65)  HendersonCountyKentucky(50) Henderson County (50)
Evansville is the county seat for Vanderburgh County
Adjacent to Vanderburgh County, Indiana
      Gibson County (31)  
      Posey County (15)  
      Warrick County (65)  
      Henderson County, Kentucky (50)  
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1 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Darmstadt — 82.1976.1 — First SWCD in Indiana
The first Soil and Water Conservation District in Indiana was organized here in 1940 – the last in Tipton County in 1974. The contribution of these districts to the conservation and wise use of soil and water resources has been of great . . . Map (db m226493) HM
2 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville — Albion Fellows Bacon1865-1933
*A Founder of The Working Girls Association in 1907, which became The YWCA of Evansville in 1911* *Early twentieth century advocate of housing and social reforms on local, state and national levels* *Crusader for welfare of women and . . . Map (db m116887) HM
3 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville — Charlie Wiggins
Charles Edwin Wiggins, born in Evansville on July 15, 1897, would become America’s most acclaimed African American racing driver. Charlie grew up poor. His father was a coal mi er, and after his mother died when he was nine, Charlie shined shoes . . . Map (db m175997) HM
4 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville — Civil War Camp
During the time of the Civil War local home guard mobilized in Sunset Park to protect the city from impending rebel raids and attacks from hostile gunboats operating on the Ohio River.Map (db m88982) HM
5 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville — Colonel Hugh McGary, Jr. / McGary's Burial GroundIn Honor of / To Honor
In Honor of Colonel Hugh McGary, Jr. On March 27, 1812 McGary purchased a fractional section of land at Vincennes Federal Land Office, becoming Evansville's first landowner. In 1817 he took on partners, Robert Evans and James W. Jones and . . . Map (db m186931) HM
6 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville — Evansville African American Museum Founder’s MarkerRemember & Reflect
"The reason I asked EHA for the deed to a building in Lincoln Gardens was the fond memories I had of Lincoln Gardens and Lincoln Avenue. In the Spring of 1997 I took a missionary trip to Africa were I visited an area where a community of Black . . . Map (db m176026) HM
7 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville — Evansville Confederate Memorial
In loving remembrance of our Confederate dead 1861 -1865 [Plaque] This tablet was placed on this monument by the United States to mark the burial place of twenty-four Confederate soldiers who, while prisoners of war, died at . . . Map (db m226788) WM
8 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville — Evansville G.A.R. Memorial
. . . Map (db m226792) WM
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9 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville — Holy Trinity Parish Sesquicentennial1849-1999
Holy Trinity Parish was established in 1849 to serve a German-American population. One hundred years later in 1949 its status was changed from a German “national” church to a territorial parish. It is the oldest . . . Map (db m116889) HM
10 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville — 82.2020.1 — Lincoln Gardens
Side A- African Americans settled in Evansville in the early 1800s and established a vibrant community here in Baptisttown by 1890. Segregation and discrimination led to a section of overcrowded, dilapidated buildings. With citizen support, city . . . Map (db m176003) HM
11 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville — 82.1999.1 — McCurdy - Sears Building
Built in 1920 for financier and philanthropist William H. McCurdy (1853-1930), president of Old National Bank. Constructed of reinforced concrete with poured concrete floors, employing architectural developments newly pioneered for industrial . . . Map (db m47820) HM
12 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville — Oak Hill Cemetery
Oak Hill Cemetery is a 110-acre designed landscape that has served the community since 1853. The cemetery and its components demonstrate many architectural styles in its buildings and monuments, cultural movements in its physical organization, and . . . Map (db m226496) HM
13 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville — Ohio River Levee
Side 1 U.S. Congress passed flood control acts 1936-1938 after disastrous floods, including one on Ohio River when water crested at 53.7 feet in Evansville January 31, 1937. This project authorized August 1937; U.S. Army Corps of . . . Map (db m88987) HM
14 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville — Refugee Camp
During the Civil War refugees who had fled from their homes were cared for here at a camp known as Blackford’s Grove, consisting of 16 acres; bounded by Washington, Powell, Parrett and Garvin Streets.Map (db m176048) HM
15 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville — 82.2007.1 — Sheriff's Residence and Jail
Side ‘One’ Vanderburgh County formed, Evansville named county seat 1818. This castle-like structure was completed 1890 for county’s fourth jail and second sheriff’s residence. Stone exterior has step-gables, projecting turrets, crenellated . . . Map (db m65225) HM
16 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville — The Short Lived Canal
On March 2, 1827, Congress provided a land grant to encourage Indiana to build the Wabash & Erie Canal. The original plan was to link the navigable water of the Maumee with the Wabash through the seven mile portage at Fort Wayne. Work began five . . . Map (db m48241) HM
17 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville — Underground Railway Station
This is a site of an Underground Railway Station during the Civil War period. Runaway slaves were secretly hidden until they could be relayed to similar stations further north.Map (db m176049) HM
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18 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville — Vanderburgh County World War I Honor Roll
Service Star Legion War Mothers Gresham Chapter Erected this marker in 1926 in memory of Vanderburgh Co. Boys who gave their lives in the service of the • • 1917 • • • World War • • • 1918 • • ( Row One ) . . . Map (db m48103) WM
19 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville — Vanderburgh County World War II Honor Roll
Dedicated to the Heroes of Vanderburgh County of World War II ( Panel - - One ) ( Row One ) Hans Aabel • Pascal Abney • James Ambler • Leroy R. Angel • Jesse Leo Appel • John L. Bailey • Newell R. Bailey • James R. Bain • . . . Map (db m48289) WM
20 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville — Wabash and Erie Canal
The original survey provided that the Canal should divide at this point, one arm continuing to Second Street (never completed), the other following Fifth Street to the small basin located where the old court house now stands.Map (db m176034) HM
21 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville — 82.1947.1 — Wabash and Erie Canal
Completed from Lake Erie to Evansville, 1853. Used till 1865. Passing from 5th St. to 1st Ave., canal widened into basin for docks covering part of this square.Map (db m47817) HM
22 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Bellemeade Bayard Park — John W. Boehne Home
Neo-Classical Revival Mansion 1912. Architect Clifford Shopbell. Boehne (1856-1946) was Evansville Councilman, Mayor and US Congressman. Under his administration the Water Works and Filtration Plant were built. Boehne Camp Hospital was named . . . Map (db m227006) HM
23 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Downtown — Evansville Woolen MillBuilt, c. 1889
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m226946) HM
24 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Downtown — Home of Johnson Duncan Cox
J.D. Cox (1873-1952) was a teacher and principal at Third Avenue School for 40 years. In 1925, his son, Elbert Frank Cox, became the first graduate of an Evansville high school to receive a PhD degree and the first African American to earn a . . . Map (db m226994) HM
25 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Downtown — 142 — Lucia E. BlountRoad to the 19th Amendment — National Votes for Women Trail —
Evansville Equal Suffrage Society founded 1886 at home on this site. Later, leader for national women's suffrage in Washington D.C.Map (db m226987) HM
26 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Downtown — McCurdy Hotel
The United States Department of Interior has placed this property on the National Register of Historic PlacesMap (db m226970) HM
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27 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Downtown — YWCA
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m226963) HM
28 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Downtown — Zion Evangelical Church“Serving in downtown Evansville since 1849”
The “German Evangelical Lutheran congregation of Lamasco and vicinity” was organized January 1841. Because of a dissension 35 members and the pastor, the Rev. Heinrich Toelke, withdrew to form Zion Evangelical Church in 1847. In 1847 the . . . Map (db m226940) HM
29 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Knight Township — 87.1966.1 — Angel Mounds
Site of a palisaded Middle Mississippi Indian village occupied circa 1500 A. D. This 450-acre site includes eleven man-made mounds, town plaza and village area for a population of about 1,000. Excavated by the Indiana Historical Society, 1939-1965.Map (db m227024) HM
30 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Knight Township — Angel Site
Angel Site was a large prehistoric town that flourished between 1000-1450 C.E. With towering earthworks, a broad plaza and well-built homes, Angel was an important regional center for people living along the Lower Ohio. At its peak, around . . . Map (db m227028) HM
31 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Knight Township — 82.2018.1 — Glenn A. Black (1900-1964)
Archaeologist Glenn Black was born in Indianapolis and spent much of his career at Angel Mounds, a Native American village and ceremonial center (c. 1050-1400). Known for studies there and at other sites, his work redefined archaeological . . . Map (db m227008) HM
32 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Knight Township — Isaac Knight1780-1856
Isaac Knight was a prominent early settler and Indian fighter in Vanderburgh County. He was born in Washington Co. Pa. shortly after his parents left New Jersey enroute to Henderson, Kentucky. In 1793 he was captured by the Indians in the . . . Map (db m227007) HM
33 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Knight Township — IU Students at Angel Site
Indiana University students trained with Glenn Black. From 1945-1964. Glenn Black trained students from Indiana University. Men and women enrolled in summer field schools to learn how to excavate, document and care for artifacts. If they . . . Map (db m227034) HM
34 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Knight Township — WPA Workers at Angel Site
WPA workers were the first to help with excavations. In April, 1939, 20 WPA (Works Progress Administration) workers reported to the Angel Site. They were part of a Depression-era job corps funded by the government. For the next three . . . Map (db m227030) HM
35 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Riverside — Evansville's World War II Effort
Evansville proved herself as an all-American town in World War II. The labor force grew from 17,000 to 76,000 men and women who gave their best to the war effort. Evansville was the site of the Evansville Shipyard, operated by the Missouri Valley . . . Map (db m227001) HM
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36 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Riverside — Home of Matthew W. Foster
John W. Foster, son of Matthew, U.S. Secretary of State - 1892-1893 Ambassador to Mexico, Russia, Spain ——— Mary Parke (McFerson) Foster, wife of John served as third President General National Society Daughters of the American . . . Map (db m226982) HM
37 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Riverside — In Victorian Splendor
Evansville was developed on 200 acres of land purchased in 1812 from the government by Hugh McGary. Platted in 1817, it was named for General Robert M. Evans, an attorney and territorial legislator who helped incorporate the town in 1819. It was not . . . Map (db m227004) HM
38 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Riverside — Prosperity on the Ohio Reported damaged
Located on an oxbow of the Ohio River, the Riverside Historic District includes some of Evansville's most significant examples of high-style residential design from the period 1850-1920. There are over 20 different architectural styles represented . . . Map (db m227005) HM
39 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Star — Evansville's German Heritage
The first demographic waves of German immigrants occurred in the 1680s when they settled in Pennsylvania. In the nineteenth century, Germans continued to come to America in waves. Quite a few settled in this area between 1836 and 1840. The most . . . Map (db m226796) HM
40 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Westside — 82.1996.1 — Evansville Cotton Mill
Several buildings (1874) remain of Evansville Cotton Manufacturing Co., 1867-circa 1900. It was a major employer on lower Ohio River. Most workers were women. Accessibility of raw cotton via river, coal from local mines, and railroad . . . Map (db m226881) HM
41 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Westside — Evansville Shipyard/Gibson Moore Mine/Evansville Marine Hospital
In February 1942, responding to the United States' involvement in WWII, Evansville was selected as a site for an inland ship yard. Within the first four months the Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company laid the keel on the first L.S.T. The . . . Map (db m226912) HM
42 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Westside — Evansville Shipyard/Joan Marchand Bridge/Ohio River
Just down river from this bridge was the location of the Evansville Shipyard, which constructed L.S.T.s (Landing Ship Tanks) and 35 other vessels during World War II. Looking up river, you can see the L.S.T. 325, the last navigable LST in existence . . . Map (db m226907) HM
43 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Westside — Evansville's Riverfront
In the 1860's, William Momberger painted this view of Evansville and the Ohio River, from the bottom of Coal Mine Hill. The original covered bridge spanning Pigeon Creek is inclluded in the painting. Momberger documents the Civil War era by painting . . . Map (db m226911) HM
44 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Westside — Joan Marchand Bridge Reported damaged
The landscape of the City of Evansville's has changed dramatically since the founding in 1819. The earliest records are hand-drawn plat maps, but they show remarkable details of the major industries along Pigeon Creek. The plat map below is from . . . Map (db m226894) HM
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45 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Westside — Joan Marchand Bridge Reported missing
Mrs. Joan Marchard dedicated her career and life to Evansville's architectural heritage. From 1978 until 1996, Joan worked at the city's Historic Preservation Office, eventually becoming the city's Historic Preservation Officer in 1986. She was the . . . Map (db m226906) HM
46 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Westside — Pigeon Creek / Sweezer Pond
From the late 1800's to the 1950's, small homemade houseboats dotted Pigeon Creek. In the 1950's, a group of businessmen from the Westside Nut Club worked with the Vanderburgh County Health Department and relocated the residents from Pigeon . . . Map (db m226909) HM
47 Indiana, Vanderburgh County, McCutchanville — McJohnston Chapel
(erected 1880) and adjacent cemeteries were placed on the National Register of Historic Places January 18, 1979Map (db m226494) HM
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Oct. 1, 2023