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Yesteryear

YESTERYEAR: Prohibition in Evansville by Pat Sides

Amused witnesses watch in the background as Lettie Payne destroys bottles of alcoholic beverages at an unidentified site in Evansville after Prohibition went into...

Franklin Bowling Lanes by Pat Sides

This photo of the Franklin Bowling Lanes was shot in 1943, a few months after the business opened at 1801 West Franklin Street. Soldiers...

U. S. Post Office and Customs House by Pat Sides

One of the oldest buildings in downtown Evansville is the former U. S. Post Office and Customs House on NW Second Street. Completed in...

Americade Exposition by Pat Sides

Students arrive at the Evansville Coliseum on November 2, 1955, to visit the Americade Exposition, a four-day event sponsored by the National Association of...

The Evansville Store by Pat Sides

The Evansville Store opened its doors to eager shoppers on November 6, 1952, just in time for the holiday shopping season. Located at 318...

Pigeon Creek’s “Operation Houseboat” by Pat Sides

Since the late 1800s, houseboats and shacks began to appear along the banks of Pigeon Creek, from its mouth to at least Maryland Street....

Cherry Street Carnegie Library by Pat Sides

In early 1910, the West Side Business Association requested that the school board build two Carnegie libraries, one “somewhere in the West End” and...

YESTERYEAR: Hill’s Snappy Service BY Pat Sides

This small diner opened in 1941 at Main Street and Riverside Drive, not long before this photo was shot. It housed Hill’s Snappy Service...

YESTERYEAR: Evansville Museum by Pat Sides

The Evansville Museum was organized in 1904, housed in a mansion in Sunset Park that had been built about 1850. The old structure was...

Louisiana Street Baseball Park by Pat Sides

Soon after the first professional baseball league in the United States was organized in 1871, Evansville could boast of its own minor league team,...

Victory Theater by Pat Sides

The Victory Theater was not the first in Evansville, but it is approaching the centennial of its opening, which occurred on July 16, 1921,...

YESTERYEAR: Tri-State Calf Show by Pat Sides

In this photo, Bill Burns poses next to his entry in the 14th annual Tri-State Calf Show, which was held at the Evansville Union...

YESTERYEAR: Crescent Furniture Company By Pat Sides

When this building was razed in 1968, after standing for nearly a century, a small strip mall replaced it, drastically altering the appearance of...

Woodlawn Theater By Pat Sides

Woodlawn Theater Following a national trend, several “moving picture houses” opened in Evansville in the early twentieth century. The largest, such as the Victory Theater...

Yesteryear: Vendome Hotel

Vendome Hotel by Patrica Sides For decades, the Vendome Hotel reigned as one of the most luxurious hotels in downtown Evansville. When built in 1890,...

YESTERYEAR: Servel, Inc. by Pat Sides

YESTERYEAR: Servel, Inc. by Pat Sides When the Second World War ended, Servel’s swift conversion to peacetime production created unparalleled economic growth in Evansville. By...

YESTERYEAR: National City Bank by Pat Sides

These happy National City Bank employees “ride” a tram that disguises some of the construction work behind the main office building at 227-229 Main...

Kroger Company by Pat Sides

  In late January 1950, large newspaper advertisements announced the opening of a new Kroger supermarket at 300 North Main Street, the third Kroger store...

General Cigar Company Building By Pat Sides

This familiar commercial building has stood at Second and Court streets since its construction in 1902 on the site of an old hospital. From...

YESTERYEAR: Hose House #15

YESTERYEAR: Hose House #15 by PAT SIDES For Willard Library  In the decade after 1900, the area surrounding Bayard Park was developed into a neighborhood of...