There was a time when Evansville’s west side was known as Independence and every corner on Franklin Street was home to a saloon. Originally part of the town of Lamasco platted in 1837, the neighborhood west of Pigeon Creek grew up independently after…

The Hornet’s Nest is located in Scott Township in an old community once called Earle, named after John Earle, an Englishman who had come to the area around 1828. Brant and Fuller’s 1889 History of Vanderburgh County said that the Earle community was…

The Darmstadt Inn has been a staple in Scott Township in northern Vanderburgh County since the early 20th century.   Darmstadt Community The community around the inn, Darmstadt, was founded in 1822, shortly after the founding of Scott Township in…

Transportation and trade routes often had a major impact on these small communities. They connected them to the wider world. When routes shifted, small communities just as easily were isolated. When the Evansville, Mt. Carmel, & Northern Railway was…

The Hilltop Inn, originally known as George J. Marx’s Grocery and Saloon, lies atop a hill in Perry Township in an area formerly known  as Perryville. The community was established in the mid-19th Century by Colonel John Rheinlander, a veteran of the…