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Unfortunately, the project bankrupted the state and was so poorly engineered it would not hold water.By the time the Wabash and Erie Canal was finished in 1853, Evansville's first railroad, Evansville & Crawfordsville Railroad, was opened to Terre Haute.Other local educational institutions include nationally ranked Signature School and the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library.In 2008, Evansville was voted the best city in the country in which "to live, work, and play" by the readers of Kiplinger, and in 2009 the 11th best. Following the abandonment of Angel Mounds between the years 14, tribes of Miami, Shawnee, Piankeshaw, Wyandot, Delaware and other Native American peoples were known to be in the area.Evansville's economy received a boost in the early 1830s when Indiana unveiled plans to build the longest canal in the world, a 400-mile ditch connecting the Great Lakes at Toledo, Ohio with the inland rivers at Evansville.The project was intended to open Indiana to commerce and improve transportation from New Orleans to New York City.Railroads eventually became more important and in 1887 the L&N Railroad constructed a bridge across the Ohio River.along with a major rail yard southwest of Evansville in a town, Howell, which was annexed in 1916 and completed the city's counterclockwise march around the horseshoe bend.
Situated on an oxbow in the Ohio River, the city is often referred to as the "Crescent Valley" or "River City".
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.
Angel Mounds was a permanent settlement of the Mississippian culture from 1000 AD to around 1400 AD. Four NYSE companies (Accuride, Berry Global, Springleaf, and Vectren) are headquartered in Evansville, along with the global operations center for NYSE company Mead Johnson.
Three other companies traded on the NASDAQ (Escalade, Old National Bank, and Shoe Carnival) are also headquartered in Evansville.