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The project bankrupted the state and was so poorly engineered that 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.In 1814, to attract more people, Mc Gary renamed his village "Evansville" in honor of Colonel Robert Morgan Evans.Evansville incorporated in 1817 and was designated as the county seat on January 7, 1818.
The area has been inhabited by various indigenous cultures for millennia, dating back at least 10,000 years.Archaeologists have identified several archaic and ancient sites in and near Evansville, with the most complex at Angel Mounds. French hunters and trappers were among the first Europeans to come to the area, using Vincennes as a base of operations for fur trading.The land encompassing Evansville was formally relinquished by the Delaware in 1805 to General William Henry Harrison, then governor of the Indiana Territory. purchased about 441 acres and named it "Mc Gary's Landing".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.
The city is home to public and private enterprise in many areas, as Evansville serves as the region's economic hub.