Datebook: March 27 - Evansville, Indiana Founded 200 Years Ago

Mar 27, 2012

Evansville, Indiana - located on a horseshoe bend of the Ohio River - as settled by immigrants 200 years ago. On March 27, 1812, Hugh McCary Jr. bought land for the settlement which he called McGary's Landing. In 1914, he renamed the village "Evansville" in honor of Colonel Bob Evans, an officer under General William Henry Harrison in the War of 1812. It was soon after named the county seat of Vanderburgh County. Evansville became a thriving commercial town involved in river trade. Today, Evansville is the largest city in Southern Indiana, with a population of roughly 360,000. In 2008, it was voted the best city in the country in which "to live, work, and play" by Kiplinger.

It’s Tuesday, March 27

There’s a Dancing with the Stars event in Martin tomorrow night benefiting Relay for Life.  The event begins at 7 PM in the Skyhawk Fieldhouse Gym located on the campus of UT Martin.  Votes are $1 apiece, and the couple raising the most money will be declared the winner.  For more information, contact Linda Ramsey at 587-5549.

The Murray-Calloway County Hospital Blood Donor Center will be hosting a blood drive tomorrow night from 5 to 9 at New Harmony Mennonite Church, located at 83 Honeybee Lane in Murray.  All blood types are needed, but especially O-Negative and O-Positive blood.  For more information, call 762-1119.

The NWS Peace Program seeks host families for high school students from various countries for the upcoming school year.  The students are 15 to 18 years old and will begin arriving in August to spend five to ten months attending a local high school.  For more information about becoming a host family, visit

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