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The First Annual Evansville History Quiz Answers

What year did Evansville become a city? 1847

Name five Indian tribes that lived in Evansville area. Shawnees, Miamis, Pottawattomies, Delawares, and Kickapoos.

What was the depth of the floodwater at the corner of Washington and Kentucky avenues on Jan 31, 1937? 7 Feet

What product kept Sterling brewery profitable during prohibition? Malt Extract 

What was Willard Carpenter's dream to build on Reitz Hill? A College

What does Josef Stalin's daughter, Svetlana, have in common with Evansville? Her former husband was from Evansville

Evansville is thought to have been the first city in the country to have what in its schools? Telephones

During World War II what other police force could be found on Evansville's street? Military Police

What did truck drivers driving through Evansville call "The Chicken Coop"? The Weigh Station

Why was Evansville's red light district called "Gear Town"? It was located in 1st, 2nd and High Streets

Why was it necessary to change the wheels on every train coming north from Kentucky or going south to Nashville? The railroad tracks were different sizes

What new technology became available in Evansville in 1882? The electric light

What did Willis Copeland build in 1903? The Zentmobile

What did F.J. Scholz manufacture in one of the most extensive businesses of its kind in the midwest? A Cemetary Monument company 

What civil war hotel was located at 3rd and Main? The Washington Hotel

What happened in 1938 to help bring Evansville out of the Depression? The Discovery of Oil

Who invented and secured a patent for the common bottlecap? Alfred Bernardin

How many men from Vanderburgh county fought in the Federal Army during the Civil War? 3,761

Who is best known for beginning his career in the Blue Bar? Boots Randolph

What engineering feat did L&N Railroad accomplish in 1885? Completion of Railroad Bridge across Ohio River into Henderson.

Who was the first mayor of Evansville? James G. Jones

What Evansville Newspaper ceased publication with the issue giving the account of Lincoln's death? The Evansville Dispatch

How many time was Arad McCutchan name ICC "Coach of the Year?" 12

In 1910 what covered 30 acres west of Pigeon Creek on Maryland street and was the world largest of its kind. Globe-Bosse-World Furniture Company

Who was the editor of "The Evansville Courier" who promoted improved schools and parks? Howard Roosa 

In what year did Drive-In theaters appear in Evansville? 1946

Where was Slaughter's Avenue? The Lloyd Expressway

In what year did Evansvillians begin playing golf? 1898

In 1955, what store on the walkway was 'The Wife Saver' store? Evansville Electric Service Inc.

What local figure was the Minster to China? Co. Charles Denby

How did Evansville lose its Wharf? Destroyed by ice jam.

What high school did fashion designer Halston attend? Benjamin Bosse

What does Mater Dei mean? Mother of God

Who was Evansville most famous woman? Albion Fellows Bacon

In what year did the first student graduate from a high school in Evansville? 1862

What uncompleted building burned on Christmas Eve 1855? The Courthouse

In what park were animals first displayed in Evansville? Oak Summit Park

What was Riverside drive formerly called? Water Street

What was the Belmont Disaster? A shipwreck that killed 14 people

What local killer's trial led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling balancing free-press and fair-trial rights? Leslie "Mad Dog" Irvin

What was distinctive about Vine St., Clark, Governor and Douglas high schools? They were for black students

What west side city was annexed by Evansville. Lamasco

What local sports figure became the announcer of the Kentucky Derby? Chick Anderson

How many growing days does Evansville have? 185 Days

How many years did the Wabash Erie Canal operate? 12 Years

What was unusual about the children's barber chair in Strouses'? The barber chair was a carousel horse

What vaudeville comedian never failed to mention his old home town Evansville in his act and movies? Joe Cooke

What was "The Pitts?" A threshing machine

What is the oldest road in the Evansville city limits? Red Bank Road

What Evansville golfer won the 1944 PGA? Bob Hamilton

What was destroyed in a roaring inferno on Jan 31st, 1946? Globe-Bosse-World Furniture company

What was the name of the amusement park located on East Morgan avenue? Yabroudy Park

What chocolate animals were a Christmas tradition at Hermann's Candy Store? Chocolate Mice

What Evansville citizen was the first to attend Indiana State University?  James Shanklin

What was the first brick building in Evansville? The Courthouse

What local person was the national  leader of the Klu Klux Klan? D.C. Stephenson

When did the first electric generating plant start in Evansville? 1882

Who was the first woman editor of the Evansville Sunday Courier and Press? Judith Clabes

What was the first high school west of Alleghenys? Evansville High School near 7th and Main

What were "The Simplicty" and the "Travler"? Automobiles manufactured in Evansville

Who was the first school teacher in Evansville? Thomas Truman

What area was known as "The English Settlement?" McCutchanville

Who was Evansville's College first All-American basketball player? Gus Doerner

What television station first broadcast the news in color? WFIE

What happened to the LST Shipyard?  Destroyed in a fire

Where did Theordore Roosevelt speak in Evansville? 5th and Locust Streets

Why did gypsies make an annual pilgrimage to Evansville? The Queen is buried in Oak Hill Cemetary

How many square blocks were under flooded in the 1937 flood? 500

What was WEHT's channel prior to 25? 50

In the 1930's what did Weinbach Avenue and Barker Avenue have in common? They were the city limits

What did soap manufacturer Adolph Melzer jr.leave to the city of Evansville? A thousand dollar gift to collect interest for 200 years.

Who was ISUE's first basketball coach? John L. Deem

What did "Free the Eagle" refer to? University of Southern Indiana independence

Where was Evansville's only public roller coaster? Yabroudy Amusement Park

What was Welborn Hospitals first name? Evansville Sanitarium

When was St. Boniface church on Wabash avenue built? 1881

In what decade was "Good Times Ahead for Evansville" made popular? 1930's

What year was the Evansville Race Riot? 1903

Who was Anchor Industries World's largest flag dedicated to? The Iranian Hostages

Before Oak Hill cemetery, where was Evansville's burial ground?  5th and Mulberry

What pro sport did Central H. S. grad Dr. Ralph Wilson participate in 1930? Professional Wrestling

What pioneer village to the east, now a ghost town, was an early rival of Evansville? Darlington

What crime did Huch McGary's father commit? Murdered an unarmed indian.

How did Jack McLean end his sport show? Good night to all good sports

What large institution west of Evansville provided treatment for patients with tuberculosis? Boehne Camp

What Rex Mundi football player went on to national fame? Bob Griese

What Civil War encampment was located on the old fairground on the riverfront? Camp Wallace

What man from Evansville was one of the first three americans killed in WWI and where is he buried? James Bethel Gresham

Which hotel had "The Rose Room? The McCurdy

What railroad baron was from Evansville? David Mackey

Evansville is located just north of what famous 'line'? Mason-Dixon Line

What was Evansville's first private hospital? St. Mary's on the waterfront

Hoosier Cardinal was a pioneer in the manufacture of what industry? Plastics

When was a fire department established? 1888

Who was the first black doctor in Evansville? George Washington Buckner

What company made the first farm tractors in the United States? Hercules Buggy Company

Where was the first jail located? 3rd and Main Streets

How long is the Ohio River? 981 Miles

What pair of rare animals(the only two in captivity) were at Mesker Zoo? Blue glacier bears

When was Evansville first museum established? 1904

What was the name of the hospital for blacks? Welborn Walker Annex

What year did the Evansville Philharmonic established? 1934

Why did evansville schools have recesses? To move the horses to the shade

What year was the first commercial flight from Evansville to Chicago? 1928

Where was the Sunshine Coal Mine located? West Maryland Street

Why was there a riot in 1865? Opposition to increasing black settlement

What year was the L&N Railroad station built? 1901




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