On the Road and In Your Backyard

Good Morning All,

Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the pictures!


Today, pictures from valued commenter Darrin Ziliak (formerly glocksman).

Not much traveling involved, as I live in Evansville.
That said, there are areas of town that are interesting.

Taken on 2019-08-14 00:00:00

West Franklin Street, Evansville Indiana

This stretch of Franklin Street is basically the ‘Downtown’ of Evansville’s west side.

Taken on 2019-08-14 00:00:00

Rear of Tracy’s Attic on W. Franklin

Welcome to Evansville!
More people see this than you would think because West Franklin is where the annual Fall Festival is held during the first week of October.


Thank you so much Darrin Ziliak (formerly glocksman), do send us more when you can.


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17 replies
  1. 1
    Aleta says:

    I like these. Thanks.

  2. 2
    Raven says:

    Home of Scott Studwell!

  3. 3
    J R in WV says:

    Wife had cousins there, in the way back times. Moved on, places like Chicago, now.

  4. 4
    mad citizen says:

    The Pocket City. I could have used more of these, have only been there once, I think. Thanks for these!

  5. 5

    I lived in Evansville from 1979 to 1981 teaching at a private school. I never really got to explore some of the more interesting neighborhoods. Thanks for showing me what I missed.

  6. 6
    JPL says:

    The sign is cool and more cities should try something like that. While working on a facade in the square, we had a plywood fence. Needless to say it was ugly.

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    waratah says:

    I like seeing small business shops in down towns. Thank you.

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    Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes says:

    The Contessa went to high school there, lived on the east side of town almost to Newburgh. It has changed a lot – I had to take a deposition there several months ago.

    I never have understood the love for brain sandwiches.

  9. 9
    Darrin Ziliak (formerly glocksman) says:

    @Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes:

    I had a brain sandwich once when I was a kid. Once.
    I didn’t like it at all and have never had another.

    Speaking of brain sandwiches, the Fall Festival is less than a month away.
    I’ll have to snap some pics to share.

  10. 10
    susanna says:

    Yes, Darrin, snap to it!

    Being also from a small town, I liked these too, good eye candy respite from the chaos of SF area, oddly relaxing this early in the morning.

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    Darrin Ziliak (formerly glocksman) says:


    I like seeing small business shops in down towns. Thank you.

    Heh….Evansville’s actual Downtown wishes it had a lot of small businesses like Thomas’s Shoes.
    Like most mid-sized cities, the actual downtown eventually became a government/education/entertainment center.
    The small businesses downtown are mostly restaurants and bars aimed at the Ford Center (Evansville’s arena) crowd.

    Facebook post with pictures of Downtown Evansville
    Facebook post with pics of the Downtown Desert Storm Memorial

    I apologize for the FB links, but I already deleted the originals from my phone and FB compressed the hell out of my nice 12MP pictures. :)

    BTW, all pics so far were taken with a Pixel 3a or 3a XL.
    I figure the camera I have with me all the time beats the DSLR sitting in a closet.

  12. 12
    Alain says:

    @susanna: I agree – I sincerely wish more folks in small towns submitted pics about their area.There’s beauty, joy, and interest everywhere, and learning a story with a few pictures is a great way to start the day.

  13. 13
    Spanky says:

    @Alain: Plus one, since I was going to say pretty much the same thing. On The Road is great, but I know I’d like to see more In Your Backyard.

    Of course, I guess this means I need to take some shots.

  14. 14
    Betty says:

    I am often regretting the loss of those small businesses like Thomas’s Shoes. Shopping in them was a much more pleasant experience than the mega stores. Yes, I’m old.

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    sherparick says:

    John had tweeter thread on the awful effects of fracking is having on his home town of Bethany. I came across this account from Erik Loomis at Lawyers, Guns, and Money and I am sure he will confirm that this is typical of the assholes who currently run poor West Virginia. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblo.....mbie-mines

    “…Except for time spent serving in Vietnam, Bush is a lifelong resident of southwest Virginia, where the commonwealth melts into Central Appalachian coal country. Area streams once teemed with minnows, he said. Now they’re choked by silt running off unreclaimed mines.

    He grew up hunting squirrels on a hill above his home, but a strip mine owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and his family now dominates the landscape. Today, Bush lives just up the road, where the hill above that home, too, has been leveled by a Justice operation.

    Both mines have sat inactive for years at a time, fouling local waterways. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and four states filed legal action in 2016 against Justice and his companies, listing thousands of violations relating to inadequate environmental monitoring and water pollution, including elevated levels of iron and manganese flowing from these mines.

    Justice and his family idle more permits than any other U.S. coal mine owners, according to Public Integrity’s analysis of federal data. Miles of ridgeline on the Virginia-Kentucky border lie barren after Justice mines went dormant.

    What a great monument that this man has created. People will be cursing him and his family a 100 years from now. A Memorial of Ruin and Greed.

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    Origuy says:

    One of my sisters got her nursing degree at University of Evansville. The other sister worked at the NPR radio station for a while.
    It used to take a long time to get there from Bloomington. They are almost finished with I-69, connecting Evansville with Indianapolis, which will make it a lot quicker.

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    Darrin Ziliak (formerly glocksman) says:

    @Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes:

    The Contessa went to high school there, lived on the east side of town almost to Newburgh

    Harrison High School, EDS, Signature School, or one of the Catholic high schools?
    I’m a 1985 Harrison alumni myself.

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