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Our Neighboring Towns

When the traffic on the Lloyd Expressway becomes too much, take the long way home into the country and on the way to small town America. Evansville’s neighboring map dots are more than flyover towns. Only a few miles outside of city limits, these small towns are full of rich history, fun festivals, museums — you name it. Each place and its people welcome those visiting or just passing through with a warm smile, a wave, or a friendly honk, making you feel right at home.

Family First

Boonville named one of top places to raise children  By Emily Patton

As the county seat of Warrick County, Indiana, Boonville’s beginnings can pique the interest of any history lover. It’s the place where one of the greatest presidents of the U.S., Abraham Lincoln, studied law that would shape the country’s future. Located less than 15 miles east of Evansville, Boonville is a beautiful small town perfect for raising a family.

Population // 6,346

Founded // 1858 (although Boonville had existed as a community for 40 years before its incorporation in 1858). The town originally was named after the Boon family. Historians disagree which Boon receives credit: Ratliff Boon, a cousin of the famous Kentuckian Daniel Boone, or Ratliff’s father, Jesse. Ratliff came to the Warrick County area in 1809 and was commissioned a lieutenant in the territorial militia in 1812. He rose to colonel of the 10th Regiment in 1817. When the county was formed in 1813, he was first county treasurer. He went on to serve as a member of the House of Representatives for five terms.

Most famous resident // Abraham Lincoln. The future president as a youth would walk from nearby Spencer County to Boonville to borrow law books from the local court system to study.

Biggest annual events // Downtown Square Flare and Boo. The first annual Downtown Square Flare was held in June 2006. The event includes food booths, a car Cruise In event, and fun for children. Every Halloween, Boonville hosts Boo, a safe trick or treating event that draws families from the surrounding areas.

Best hidden secret // Boonville was recently named the ninth best city for young families in the state of Indiana. In addition, Boonville was recognized as the most affordable place in Indiana for homebuyers with home values at $90,600.

What makes your city or town unique // Boonville opened one of the first splash parks in the area in July 2006, which brings people from all around to City Lake Park complex. The splash park lets children of all ages play and beat the heat in the summer months.

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