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County Poor House

County Poor House


County Poor House

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700 Senate Ave, originally "on the Stringtown Rd"
Evansville, IN

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1882 Poor House is built
c1980 Buildings are razed


E side of Weaver Rd
District: Center Township
Latitude: 38.032464
Longitude: -87.55458
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Courtesy Willard Library, Karl K. Knecht photograph This photograph, taken around 1900, shows the Vanderburgh County Poor Farm, which is no longer standing. The Bob Hamilton Golf Course now sits on a portion of the former farm. grew up on North Fares Avenue in Evansville across from what is now Atlas Van Lines. A few blocks west of his boyhood home is Little Pigeon Creek that ran through a part of the Vanderburgh County Poor Farm. Some of it was on land that is now Hamilton Golf Course. The rest is barns and apartments

1880s as pest house (free hospital for the poor)

the Asylum for the Poor first was established in 1838.built 1839 failed land sold back 1840 1843 land leased on hulls hill by willard carpenter just up W&E canal 1844 bought land just south of mechanicsville fairchild (same it bought in 1839 but had to sell back) brick structure built after civil war began (c1860) echols farm enlarged 1868 In 1882, additional land was purchased, and the Poor Farm & Asylum erected new brick dormitories. hornby farm four-story building could accommodate 200 people built 1882-1883 description in 7/13/1883 ej [c1990?] old poor house near old catholic graveyard scantlinfarmpurchased 1882 for relocation hornby farm? 160 acres center twp

"poor" dropped from name and called vanderburgh county home Officially renamed Pleasant View Rest Home in 1971 also pleasantview sanitarium, pleasantview rest home

closed nov 1976 land used for hamilton golf course (now thunderbolt pass) pleasantview rest home closed and auctioned off 1975-77

sold to apt developer 1978 scheduled for redevelopment 1978 sketch of senate estates 11/22/78 ep main building turned into apts (later planned to raze) hospital razed <11/1978

See also

Poor Farm - Courier Press 7/9/2008
County rest home closing - Evansville Press 11/22/1976 Residences / Domestic Center Township district

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