‘Squirrel Town‘ was a low income section of town roughly bounded between South Adams & South Alves Streets and Clay & Dixon Streets. The earliest mention I can find is 1910, with the killing of Ulysses Watson. The article mentions the killing took place in “Squirrel Town” a negro settlement in the southwestern portion of the city.

A 1982 article about Anthony Brooks states: “Where he came from” was what Brooks calls a pocket of poverty on South Ingram Street, also known in the late 1940’s as “Squirrel Town.”


1923 Sanborn


Evansville Journal May 11, 1910

Evansville Journal November 5, 1925

Evansville Press February 27, 1982

1923 Sanborn Map

Henderson County Library Genealogy Department