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Yesteryear

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...

YesterYear-North Side Bank and Theater

North Side Bank and Theater by Pat Sides of Willard Library Constructed in 1913 at 100 North Main Street, this building has served as a financial...

Evansville Fire Department Horses  by Pat Sides

On September 2, 1920, an era ended for Evansville’s firemen. It was an emotional occasion as the public gathered at Hose House No. 3...

YESTERYEAR: Joe Aaron By Pat Sides

YESTERYEAR: Joe Aaron By Pat Sides Evansville Courier columnist Joe Aaron was the guest of honor at a “roast” held at Das Kollker Haus restaurant...

Uncle Dudley by Pat Sides

Standing on the left is Chester (Chet) Behrman, carrying his familiar polka-dot lunch pail, with the young winner of the “Run for the Toys”...

Yesteryear: Sears Building

Yesteryear: Sears Building by Pat Sides The stately red brick building at Fourth and Sycamore streets, pictured here in the early 1960s, has been a...

YESTERYEAR: Evansville Red Cross Chapter by Pat Sides

YESTERYEAR: Evansville Red Cross Chapter by Pat Sides In 1952, the Evansville Red Cross chapter organized an emergency committee of civic leaders to oversee a...

YESTERYEAR: Helfrich Park by Pat Sides

YESTERYEAR: Helfrich Park by Pat Sides At the urging of the West Side Nut Club, the city purchased a large tract of land for recreational...

YESTERYEAR: Carlton Theater by Pat Sides

This photo was taken in late 1959, when the Carlton Theater at 216 Main Street was about to be razed to make room for...