Evansville Airport by Pat Sides

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Although smaller airfields existed in the Evansville area in the early twentieth century, the announcement in 1928 that a municipal airport would be built on the city’s north side excited citizens.

Constructed on the east side of the Dixie Bee Highway (now US 41), the new airport was opened later that year by a group of prominent businessmen and national aviation authorities, who had arrived in airplanes from several cities.

The formal dedication occurred on June 16, 1930, with an estimated 3,000 proud spectators on hand to view air races, parachute drops, and other thrilling demonstrations.

By then, the airport consisted of a hangar, terminal, and an “aerological building” equipped with trained staff to make weather observations. 

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