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    (March 27, 1812- )
    Seat of Vanderburgh County
    Third largest city in Indiana
    Population (2010 census): 117,429
    Metro area population (2014 estimate): 314,280
    Streets in the city center were laid out to run parallel to the Ohio River (northwest to southeast), while most streets in the rest of the city were laid out on a north-south and east-west grid, producing sharp turns when drivers enter downtown.
    It was the birthplace of the KKK’s Indiana branch (1920).
    A flood of the Ohio River covered 500 city blocks (1937).
    Truckers nicknamed it ‘Stoplight City’ for the dozen or so traffic lights on the stretch of US Highway 41 running through the city.
    Several old landmarks were torn down during ‘urban renewal’ in the 1950s.
    A tornado killed 25 people and caused $85 million in damages (November 5, 2005).
    During World War II, it was a major producer of LSTs (tank landing ships) and the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter.
    It is the site of the first covered shopping mall in Indiana, Washington Square (1963).
    Its public library system received a five-star rating from ‘Library Journal,’ placing it in the top 1% in the nation.
    After the 2005 tornado, FEMA Coordinating Officer Brad Gair said, ‘I don't think I've ever seen a community of people come out so quickly to help each other. All communities come together after a disaster, but this one is exceptional.’
    It was named best city in the country in which to ‘live, work and play’ by the readers of Kiplinger (2008).

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