Casino Aztar started the whole casino movement in Indiana here on the river outside of Evansville. Balance that commodity with the Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve and you have two sides of the coin that is Evansville. The city shares a few qualities with Louisville KY, but being two-and-a-half hours apart, no one realizes the connection. Both are sometimes called River City. Both have an annual “Thunder” celebration with fireworks, the Blue Angels, and river traffic. And, both have an annual street-rod gathering at the local fairgrounds. Make a trip to Evansville and Louisville each year for a double annual dose of fun. I-64 connects the two cities.
The Wesselman Woods Nature Reserve is notable for being “the largest tract of virgin forest located within any city limits within the United States.” Evansville has a lot to be proud of with this preserve. In addition, the neighborliness of the city is well known. After the 2005 Evansville tornado, FEMA noted that the city’s citizens came out quickly to help those in need. FEMA was impressed. So, are we.