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Low Down on "River City"

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A March 2003 trip to Evansville by Coach Bear

The Log Inn Photo, Evansville, Indiana More Photos
Quote: Evansville is often called the River City because of its location along the Ohio River. This has led to a rich history and the development of a unique community.

Low Down on "River City"

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Barge on the Ohio River Photo, Evansville, Indiana
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With a population of about 120,000 people, visitors to Evansville find it difficult to determine whether they are in a big town or a small city. Regardless the decision on this score, Evansville has a rich history and has much to offer the visitor. This city was founded in 1812 as a ferry boat landing across the Ohio River. It became the terminus of the failed Wabash and Erie Canal (an attempt to link Lake Erie to the Ohio River) in 1853. The early 1900s saw an influx of German immigrants who helped to change the city from furniture and cigar manufacturing to a railroad (and eventually refrigerator and plastic) industry mainstay. Now, the riverfront is a major tourist area. There are two univers...Read More

Gerstt Bavarian Haus

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Restaurant | "Gerst Bavarian Haus"

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When we travel, my wife and I enjoy dining at some of the restaurants with a local flavor. On our recent trip to Evansville we decided to eat at the Gerst Bavarian Haus, a German restaurant. The restaurant is located in the Heldt and Voelker Building, which was constructed in 1890. The building was a hardware store until 1997, when the owners of the famous Gerst Haus in Nashville, Tennessee, moved the restaurant from its location to Evansville (due to the construction of the Tennessee Titans football stadium). They moved into the closed hardware store and have begun a new chapter in their 100+ year history. My wife and I were really hungry when we arrived at the restaurant. We found that it is d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 6, 2003

Gerstt Bavarian Haus
2100 W Franklin Street
Evansville, Indiana 47712
(812) 424-1420

The Log Inn

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Restaurant

The Log Inn Photo, Evansville, Indiana
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While my wife and I were in the Evansville area, we decided to experience as much of the local cuisine that we could. On Saturday evening we decided to eat at The Log Inn, an establishment that has been serving since the 1840s. The advertisements for this restaurant state that the customer can dine in the original log room that served Abraham lincoln, in 1844. Obviously, we wanted to be a part of the history. We drove down Highway 2 to Warrenton, about 10 miles outside of Evansville. The restaurant was located on the side of the road. The parking lot, although ample, was filled by 5:30pm. We had to wait in a line that extended halfway around the building just to place our names on a waiting list...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 9, 2003

The Log Inn
R. R. 2
Evansville, Indiana
(812) 867-3216

Stoll's Country Inn South

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Restaurant | "Stoll's Country Inn "

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During a trip to Evansville that my wife and I took for our business, we were informed of a restaurant that had been open for only one month. We were told that the restaurant, Stoll’s Restaurant, was run by Amish people and served food prepared in the Amish manner. Such an opportunity could not be passed easily, so we drove about 10 miles north of Evansville to eat at the restaurant. Apparently, one month in business had already earned Stoll’s a reputation for delicious food and good service. We parked in an over-crowded lot and stood in a line just to place our names on the waiting list. The hostess informed us that there would be a wait of about one hour for a seat. I would normally have becom...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 15, 2003

Stoll's Country Inn South
19820 Castle Creek Drive
Evansville, Indiana 47725
(812) 867-7730

Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science Photo, Evansville, Indiana
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Does the Universe abound with countless other planets teeming with life? Are we on the edge of a new era, soon to discover life elsewhere in the universe? Will at least one of those countless planets provide some hint that we share the vastness of space with other life? These are the big questions which have preoccupied scientists and philosophers and backyard sky watchers when we peer up at the twinkling stars overhead. During the trip my wife and I took to Evansville we were able to view the newest sky show available in the planetarium at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science. Using the star projector, special effects and computer animation, the show, "In Search of New Worlds," he...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science
411 SouthEast Riverside Drive
Evansville, Indiana 47713
(812) 425-2406