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Manufacturing also took off, particularly in the automobile and refrigeration industries.

The city saw exponential growth in the early twentieth century with the production of lumber and the manufacturing of furniture.

The era of Evansville's greatest growth occurred in the second half of the 19th century, following the disruptions of the Civil War.

The city was a major stop for steamboats along the Ohio River, and it was the home port for a number of companies engaged in trade via the river.

Coal mining, manufacturing, and hardwood lumber was a major source of economic activity.

By 1900 Evansville was one of the world's largest hardwood furniture centers, with 41 factories employing approximately 2,000 workers.

There was a continuous human presence in the area that became Evansville from at least 8,000 BC by Paleo-Indians. The land encompassing Evansville was formally relinquished by the Delaware in 1805 to General William Henry Harrison, then governor of the Indiana Territory.

Archaeologists have identified several archaic and ancient sites in and near Evansville, with the most complex at Angel Mounds from about 900 A. French hunters and trappers were among the first Europeans to come to the area, using Vincennes as a base of operations. purchased about 441 acres and named it "Mc Gary's Landing".

A huge 45-acre shipyard complex was constructed on the riverfront east of St.

Joseph Avenue for the production of oceangoing LSTs (Landing Ship-Tanks).

Other local educational institutions include nationally ranked Signature School and the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library.

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