If ever there was a dividing line between the past and present...this is it.
This is the last of the elegant houses of Evansville's past. Just beyond the yard of the old two story begins the relatively newer urban sprawl. The final blow is the paving over of the old brick street. Strange, the decision to cover over a pavement that has lasted for over 100 years with a pavement that will erupt with potholes after 2 winter seasons. This is progress?
At one time, this elegant home greeted visiting dignitaries traveling through Evansville on their way up to Chicago. At that time, this old river town was held in high esteem as a bustling port on the Ohio River. Like this old house, it's future was tied to a way of life that no longer exists. Whether it is an interstate drawing traffic away from the old route 66 or air and rail travel replacing the riverboats...progress helps some and hurts others...just depends where you find yourself during a transition.
I get the distinct feeling that we are entering one of those transition periods right now in the U.S. I can't put my finger on it but I am betting the 5 years from now...things will look quite different than they do today.
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