35 men have served as Mayor of Evansville, but one man might have had the most interesting life before and after a three month term. That’s the focus in this edition of Tommy’s Tri-State Treasures.
Visitors to the Evansville Civic Center might notice a wall featuring pictures of every Mayor to have served the city…except for one. Eccles Van Riper served as mayor in 1870. In place of his picture, there is a phrase “no photo available”.
So, who is this missing mayor, and why is he arguably the most interesting man to have served the city? 44News anchor Tommy Mason tells the story of Van Riper’s colorful past.