Meet the 16 Other Towns Named Evansville and How They Compare to Their Indiana Counterpart
Most of us, myself included, have called Evansville, Indiana home our entire lives. Even though my current home sits in Newburgh, if someone asks where I live or where I'm from, I'll say Evansville. Maybe it's force of habit, but I did live there for the first 41 years of my life. Or, maybe it's because it will always be home no matter where I live. Whatever the reason, you and I aren't the only people who can say we're from "Evansville". Sixteen other states across America, as well as Canada, have an Evansville in them too.
A Brief History of Evansville, Indiana
The city was originally named McGary's Landing by a man named Hugh McGary following his purchase of the land in 1812. In 1814, he changed it to Evansville in honor of a Colonel in the War of 1812, Robert Morgan Evans, who was also a legislator in Gibson County, with the hope his notoriety would draw more people to the area. The city was incorporated in 1817 and became the county seat for Vanderburgh County in January of 1818.
How Evansville, Indiana Compares to Other Towns Named Evansville
If I may toot our own horn before we take our virtual road trip to the other towns that bear the same name, our Evansville is by far the largest of them all. As of 2020, 117,298 of us live within the city limits (180,136 total live in all of Vanderburgh County). Go us!
Now then, let's hit the road and visit at the other Evansville's out there.