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As a testament to Ohio's grandeur, early French explorers named it La Belle Riviere ("The Beautiful River").
The area has been inhabited by various cultures for millennia, dating back at least 10,000 years.
The era of Evansville's greatest growth occurred in the second half of the 19th century, following the disruptions of the Civil War.
Archaeologists have identified several archaic and ancient sites in and near Evansville, with the most complex at Angel Mounds from about 900 A. French hunters and trappers were among the first Europeans to come to the area, using Vincennes as a base of operations. purchased about 441 acres and named it "Mc Gary's Landing".
Unfortunately, the project bankrupted the state and was so poorly engineered it would not hold water.
By the time the Wabash and Erie Canal was finished in 1853, Evansville's first railroad, Evansville & Crawfordsville Railroad, was opened to Terre Haute.
A huge 45-acre shipyard complex was constructed on the riverfront east of St.
Joseph Avenue for the production of oceangoing LSTs (Landing Ship-Tanks).