Terre Haute is a city in the west-central Indiana, about 4 hours (300km) south of Chicago and 1 hour southwest of Indianapolis. The name "Terre Haute" is French for "high land" and refers to the area's history from the French colonization of the Americas as well as its geography next to the Wabash River.
Terre Haute's history reaches back to the early 1800s with the construction of Fort Harrison as a permanent settlement within Indian Territory. The city grew up primarily around industry and river traffic on the Wabash River. The growth of the railroads and a short-lived oil boom contributed to the city's prosperity, but the decline of both, along with the Depression, resulted in the city becoming a model of Midwestern urban decay up through the 1980's. Recent mayors have worked hard to reverse this image, and have begun making gains in turning the city back around.
Terre Haute was served by Terre Haute International Airport, but there have not been any commercial flights from there since 1999. Most people in Terre Haute and the surrounding regions use Indianapolis International Airport, which is an hour to an hour and a half drive east of the city on Interstate 70. Rental car services to Terre Haute are available at the airport.
There are three main highways which run through the city: Interstate 70 running east to west through the south of the city (near Honey Creek Mall); US-41 (known locally as Third Street) oriented north-south; and US-40 (also known as Wabash Avenue) as the road which separates the north and south parts of the city. US-40 splits near the central business district. The westbound traffic turns onto Cherry Street, and the eastbound traffic runs into Ohio Street. In the event of an accident on the interstate, traffic is often re-routed through US-41 and 40.
Automobiles are generally the easiest ways of traveling in Terre Haute. Pedestrian travel is the best on the north portion of the city (including Wabash Avenue), but several of the cross-streets on Third Street have short traffic signals. While there is no "rush hour" like those seen in larger cities, during the afternoon and early evening, the south end of town on US-41 can become hectic. Bicycling is becoming increasingly popular due to the heightened gas prices, although cyclists should use caution when riding, as bike lanes and paths are still few and far between. Sidewalks are usually the preferred paths for bikes, but some of the sidewalks on secondary roads are in poor condition. This is being improved by the city.
The general speed limit on the streets is 30 miles per hour. Wabash Avenue and Third Street have a slightly higher speed limit. Terre Haute has several train tracks which run through the city, so becoming "railroaded" is a common occurance. Construction is currently ongoing around the central business district.
Terre Haute is served by a public bus system, which runs Monday through Saturday from 6am to 6pm. Routes run throughout the city, including several shopping centers. There are plans to have midnight routes which will serve the local bars and universities. Single-trip fares are $1.50, 14 trip passes are $18, and monthly passes are $40. Although the bus system is growing, the easiest method of traversing Terre Haute is still by car.
451 N 8th St, +1 812 232-2163, . W-Su, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM; ring the doorbell before entering. Each room is filled with Eugene V. Debs artifacts up to the third floor where the ceiling is completely covered in a beautiful mural painted by John Laska. The house really gives you an idea of the time period. Call ahead if you would like to arrange a tour at a different time.
Swope Art Museum
Swope Art Museum
25 S. 7th St., +1 812 238-1676, . Tu-F, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sa, Noon - 5:00 PM. A small but good art museum in downtown Terre Haute that features art primarily from the twentieth century. The museum also houses plenty of Hoosier artists, and hosts traveling collections as well. Free admission.
Gopalan Contemporary Art, 9 South 7th St (Downtown Terre Haute), ☎ 812 232 8080, . Tu-Su 11AM-5PM. Small gem of an art gallery showcasing internationally known artists. The gallery has a new show every month and features a diverse group of artists and artisans.Free. edit
Vorhees Skate Park, Corner of State Rd 63 & Vorhees Rd. Park Closes At Dark. You can have fun at a little skate park.admit. Free. edit
Terre Haute Children's Museum (http://thchildrensmuseum.com), 727 Wabash Ave, ☎ +1 812 235-5548. Tu-Su. A children's museum in the heart of downtown Terre Haute that strives to "enrich our children's lives through the exploration of science and technology."Adults and children ages 2 and up: $7; children Under 24 months: Free. edit
Honey Creek Mall, 3401 S. U.S. Highway 42, +1 812 234-4929, , M-Sa 10 AM - 9 PM, Su Noon - 6 PM. The main shopping center for the city, Honey Creek Mall houses a number of fairly standard mall stores covering a wide swath of shopping choices. It also features two restaurants, T.G.I. Friday's and Garfield's.
M. Moggers Eatery & Pub, 908 Poplar St, +1 812 234-9202 - M. Moggers (or simply "Moggers," as it is called by the locals) is a turn-of-the-century brewery converted for use as a restaurant. The food here is generally standard fare that one would see in a typical American bar/restaurant, but tastes very good, especially with one of the 170 beers kept on the premises. The ambience, especially in the bar area, is very different from other restaurants in the city, and this is one that should be on any travellers' itinerary.
St. Mary's Supper Club, 3700 W. Arms Pl, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN (west of Terre Haute on US-150, near the campus of St. Mary-of-the-Woods College) +1 812 535-3277.
Square Donut Shoppe, 930 Wabash Ave, +1 812 232-3606; 2417 E. Fort Harrison R., +1 812 466-9660. This odd little place has amazing, fresh-made donuts. A must for breakfast one day on your visit to Terre Haute. Make sure to get napkins.
European Grill, 2949 S 5th St, +1 812 244-0335. Open for lunch (mostly sandwiches) and dinner (more formal food).
Harry and Bud's European Cuisine, 1440 South 25th St, Across the Street from Community Theatre, Open by reservation, call +1 812-237-0400: A quirky little place with no sign. No menu! He will ask you what you want based on the ingredients on hand and then fix something. Definitely not fast food!
Gerhardt's Bierstube Restaurant, 1724 Lafayette Ave, +1 812 466-9249. Gerhardt's is a Terre Haute institution, having served the north side of town for nearly 50 years. Started by a German immigrant, the décor, if not authentic, certainly makes one think that one is dining in a country restaurant in Germany. The food is magnificent, and the hottest mustard in town can be had here, if you're brave. The prices are slightly higher than average, but it is definitely worth it, and any visitor to town would be remiss if they did not visit this little bastion of Germany in Terre Haute.
Taj Mahal 1349 South 3rd St, +1 812 232-5947. Nicely redecorated former IHOP building, turned authentic Indian cuisine. Expect to pay $10-$15 for an entree that will feed two. Lots of chicken and lamb dishes, and several kinds of flatbread.
Maurizio's, 2940 Wabash Ave., +1 812 232-0633; 5035 N. Lafayette Ave., +1 812 466-9645. A fantastic locally-owned pizza place, that delivers within small distances from their stores. They feature the "747," an enormous pizza suitable for feeding at least 4 people. Definitely one of the better pizza places in Terre Haute.
Java Haute, 3805 Wabash Ave., +1 812 234-5282. This hip and a little funky coffee shop is a local hangout for everyone from young to old. Local artists have work on display. The 24/7/365 drive thru is awesome. Oh yeah, free wi-fi.
Joe Muggs, 3362 S. U.S. Highway 41 (part of the Books-A-Million store), +1 812 232-0856.
The Coffee Grounds, 423 Wabash Ave., +1 812 238-9664. - Local bands perform here on weekends. It has wi-fi, and often has art exhibits. They also sell some of the coffee they serve, both ground and whole bean. The Coffee Grounds is one of Terre Haute's more famous hangouts. Serve panini-press "Gourmet grilled cheese" and salads through the day.
The Apple Club, 3300 S. U.S. Highway 41, +1 812 232-6081.
Buffalo Wild Wings, 3718 S. U.S. Highway 41, +1 812 242-9464, . This is a national chain restaurant that serves excellent wings with many different kinds of sauces, as well as some other standard American junk food fare. As with their other restaurants, this one features NTN Trivia, a great way to waste a few hours if you have nothing better to do.
Copper Bar, 810 Wabash Ave., +1 812 238-0033.
The Fourth Quarter, 2000 Wabash Ave., +1 812 232-9216. Looks like a dive from the outside, but they generally have decent local and regional rock bands on the weekends. It's worth a drive by if you're cruising around looking for something to do.
M. Moggers Eatery & Pub, 908 Poplar St., +1 812 234-9202. Moggers features about 170 beers from around the world, mostly bottled. This is an excellent place to go for good beer.
Simrell's, 804 S. 7th St., +1 812 232-4114. While Indiana State University is in session, this is one of the primary student hangouts, so it can make for a loud and good time Thursday through Saturday nights.
Speak Easy, 1800 Wabash Ave., +1 812 232-7805. Billed as a "conversation bar", this is a great place to hang out and get to know the locals, different drink specials every day and free food on Friday. Stop in and have a good time.
Sonka's Irish Pub , 1366 Wabash Ave., +1 812 234-8802. A great little pub located just east of downtown, this bar features many different kinds of beer and wine, but no liquor. The beer lineup is constantly changing, though you will always be able to find a pint of Guinness on tap.
The Terminal, 820 Wabash Ave., +1 812 232-8480.
The Verve, 677 Wabash Ave., +1 812 234-9536, . A great place to go to hear music, primarily rock and blues from local and regional bands.
Malloy's Irish Pub, 684 Lafayette Ave., +1 812 235-5074. 3 pool tables, 3 dart machines, steel tip darts, karaoke Thursdays and Fridays, dance music or live bands Saturdays. Sports on 5 TVs and the 110" projected "TV". Cornhole and Bag Ball in the beer garden any time. Open 7 days. 9 beers on tap.
Hampton Inn Terre Haute, 3325 U.S. 41 South, Terre Haute, IN 47802, ☎ 812-242-2222, . The Hampton Inn Terre Haute is located near Indiana State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Offering free hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi and free parking.edit
Unlike other cities its size, Terre Haute boasts five institutes of higher education:
Indiana State University. 200 N 7th St. . Founded in 1865, Indiana State University is a public university with around 10,000 students.
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. 5500 Wabash Ave. . Founded in 1874, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is a private college with about 2,000 students. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks it the #1 undergraduate engineering institution in the United States.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN. . Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is a liberal arts college for women. Founded in 1840 by Indiana's first Catholic saint (Saint Mother Theordore Guerin, who is entombed on the campus), it is the nation's oldest Catholic college for women.
Terre Haute is generally a safe city, but the same precautions for any other city apply here. Don't go out alone at night, don't flash money around and avoid the sections of town without streetlights, as crime tends to be higher there.
Although it is on the edge of Tornado Alley, Terre Haute does experience severe thunderstorms and the occasional tornado warning. Most of these occur in the spring and summer but there have been severe weather events in other months. There are sirens near Indiana State University, but they can only be heard within a mile of the campus. It is usually recommended to tune into local television or radio stations if there is a chance of severe weather.
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