The Mount Auburn Neighborhood is located on the west side of Evansville near St. Joseph Avenue and the northern City limits. There are approximately 54 homes in the area along Mount Auburn Road, Bismark Avenue, Scheips Lane, Optimist Drive, Treelane Drive, and the east side of Saint Joseph Avenue.
The area’s homes are known for their architectural variety, including Victorian, Spanish, and English cottages. It has a close-in location where the amenities of the city can be easily accessed and enjoyed, but at the same time the unique physical features and beauty of the area make it easy to forget that you are in the middle of an urban metropolis.
The first home in the Mt. Auburn area was built in 1834. Being a wooded hillside, the area was cooler than the City below in the summer (and still is). For that reason, the area later became a popular spot for a few Evansville families to build second homes. For a time in its history, the area was known as Millers Hill. Most of the homes in the area were built between 1900 and 1940.
From the WIKY Radio Station property on the south end of Mt. Auburn Road, the hill provides a vista of the city below including the Ohio River. It is one of the highest elevations in Vanderburgh County at about 480 feet above sea level and rises almost 100 feet from the base of the hill. Evansville’s first television station, WFIE-TV, was established in 1953 and is also located at the south end of the Road.
On the northern border of the area is a small city park, named Optimist Park, that is maintained by the neighborhood and provides a convenient site for the annual Mount Auburn picnic. A large, City-owned forested parcel adjoins the park and contains a trail that residents frequently use and proudly maintain. There are also other public lands within easy walking distance that offer recreational activities such as Mesker Park Zoo, Helfrich Golf Course, and the Mesker Park Frisbee Golf Courses.
Any discussion of Mount Auburn would be incomplete without specifically mentioning the three physical features that contribute heavily to the neighborhood identity and bring much joy to its residents:
1) the large trees and forested areas
2) the rolling terrain
3) the abundant wildlife that can be seen on a regular basis. The nearby forest provides habitat for deer, turkey, owls, foxes, and many other animals that can often be viewed in the neighborhood.
These features make the area quite unique and significantly enhance the quality of neighborhood life!
The Mount Auburn Neighborhood Association was chartered in the fall of 2000 and is quite active. The Association plans social events to have fun together and discusses the concerns of residents at its meetings. Although the area’s physical features are great, the neighborhood’s people are its most awesome resource and the key ingredient to making it a special community and a nice place to call home!
President: John Whinrey
Vice President: Doug Barton
Secretary: Chris Borries
Treasurer: Anne Whinrey
Representatives: Doug Barton & John Whinrey
Dates: No regular date/time.
Meetings held as deemed necessary.
Contact John Whinrey at email@example.com or call 812-491-8331 to verify meeting information.
This neighborhood is in the West Sector.
Crime Prevention Officer (CPO): Jay Pagett 812-485-3065
Meeting Date/Time: See EPD Police Sector page for current schedule.
Location: Crime Prevention Office, CK Newsome Center, 100 E Walnut St., Suite 100, Evansville, IN 47713
Boundaries & Map
Download the KML file here. Map and KML file updated 08/09/2021
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