AN OUTSIDER IN EVANSVILLE


I've been there a dozen times now, a dozen times at least. And yet, I still don't know how to describe Evansville. I mean, I can tell you some things. I can tell you that it's the third-largest city in the state of Indiana. I can tell you that the downtown is constructed at an angle, on an oxbow of the wide Ohio. And I can tell you that, despite its decline in population since the '60s, the city has managed to keep several chocolate stores in business. Granted, Evansville is the hub of Southern Indiana and the tri-state area. It's just across the river from Henderson, Kentucky, and it's where accents are more like a drawl and less like a Midwestern chime. Like the city of Kokomo, Evansville has far too many stoplights. But, unlike Kokomo, drivers are perfectly comfortable going the speed limit. In fact, they're perfectly comfortable driving seven miles under the speed limit. Evansville is where the east-siders are pitted against the west-siders, and where the historic, the old, and the original find themselves caught in the middle. That said, the architecture in Evansville is varied and intriguing--there are the three-story Mansards, the brick streets, the Italianates, the cottages, the mid-century constructions. And, then, of course, there's the visitor's center, known simply, accurately, and comically as "The Pagoda." But scattered about this patchwork city are coffee shops, donut banks, nature parks, and restaurants like the Gerst Haus. And even though I don't know much, I know it doesn't matter--with or without my observations, it's still Evansville.














12 comments:

  1. you know more than me for sure :) I love being an outsider in places though - I feel like you see so much more - like all the glorious details in your photos - and I want to learn about a place rather than being so used to the surrounding that you just float through.

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  2. Road closed for amphibian crossing, wow haha. Love the photos, they're really beautiful and atmospheric. And I enjoy reading your observations whether they make an impact or not in the grand scheme of things.
    Lucy xxx
    La Lingua : Food, Life, Love, Travel, Friends, Italy

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    1. I definitely had a laugh, too! I actually made my boyfriend stop the car so I could get out and snap a photo. I'd never seen anything like it.

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  3. Gorgeous photos as usual! The Pagoda sure doesn't look it, but it's actually over 100 years old and it was designed even earlier--in the 1890s (something I just learned recently!). And Indiana Landmarks is about to begin a full renovation of the Greyhound Station which the historic preservationist in me is thrilled about.

    Next time you visit, be sure to check out the nearby town of New Harmony. It's small, but its history is so unique and the place is almost magical.

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    1. Thank you so much! I was happily surprised to see you visit here! I'm looking forward to visiting Evansville again and snagging some photos of more historic buildings.

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  5. You know why you have to drive slowly through Evansville right? It's so you don't miss all the beautiful architecture! Like The Pagoda!

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    1. Now that's something I didn't think about. :)

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  6. I love seeing all your little excursions through Indiana.

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  7. looks like a little tranquil town. ah, i love your stories.

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  8. stunning photos! Especially love the crackled pain on that brick wall, and the blue of the roof pannels <3 Thanks for visiting my blog too!

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    1. Thank you! Evansville is an interesting town. The population has significantly decreased over the last few decades, so there are a lot of buildings that have been left behind. It's still very architecturally interesting, however!

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