Town Ao oie home as town leaves )s of ma j UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL Zipp. Ind. Now that Indiana Indiana has been remapped, motorists motorists should know the Vanderburgh Vanderburgh town of Zipp has been zapped. Before this year, the official Indiana Department of Highways map showed a tiny hollow circle on the northern edge of Evans-vllle Evans-vllle Evans-vllle identified with the word Zipp. Hut acting on requests, state highway cartographer John K. Jackson erased the small community community on the new state maps, which will be distributed soon. Zipp may be gone, but It is not forgotten. Ask Ruby Smith where Zipp is and she will tell you It Is behind the cigarette machine at Horstkctters Tavern. Smith, a waitress at the tavern for more than 20 years, said there Is an old counter behind the machine that was once the Zipp post office. office. "Id always wondered why they kept Zipp on the map so long," said Ken McCutchan, a of Zipp gets zapped slate historian v ho resides in nearby McCutf hanville. "I don't know that the community was ever really known as Zipp." According to the History of Vanderburgh County, published In 1RH0. I he community was known to most people as Me-rhanlcsville Me-rhanlcsville Me-rhanlcsville and Strlngtown. but was officially listed as Zipp. "It was a busy place in early times and when a post office was established, old man Zipp. then a resident of the town, was appointed appointed postmaster." the book states. According to McCutchans research, research, the Mechanicsville post office was resurrected as the Zipp post office in 1881 and operated operated until about 1899. The entire entire town of Zipp was listed in the 1870 census as a 46-year-old 46-year-old 46-year-old 46-year-old 46-year-old shoemaker with a wife, Margaret, Margaret, and two sons, Frank Jr. and George. Hy 1880. Zipp's holdings included included a grocery store and bar. Joan Marchant. who operates the Historic Preservation Service for the Department of Metropolitan Metropolitan Development, said that grocery grocery and bar could well be the present-day present-day present-day Horstketter"s Tavern. Tavern. Records show that "old man Zipp." a German immigrant, died of gastritis in 1888. But his wife, a native of Prussia, lived to the age of 93. Her obituary de scribed Margaret Zipp as a well-known well-known well-known figure in Strlngtown. In her later years, she moved into the downtown Evansville home of Frank Zipp Jr.. president president of Southern Sweat Pad Co. Jackson, the man responsible for revisions In the state map. said he usually sends a state employee to inspect a community community before It Is removed from the map. He's sensitive to criticism that he sits up In Indianapolis erasing cities. "If there's a grocery store or even a bait shop, we'll keep It on." Jackson said. "They come and go. Mostly they disappear because there's Just nothing there." An inspection of the heart of Zipp today would find Horstket-ter's. Horstket-ter's. Horstket-ter's. some houses and a convenience convenience store on the corner. Most Zipp residents do not seem to mind the state's decision to eliminate the town from the map. As a matter of fact, they don't seem to know Zipp Is even a town or was. "No. I've never heard of Zipp," said Laura Bronson, a clerk at the convenience store Inside the town's boundaries. Bronson called herself "a resident resident of the neighborhood." "I live on Pinehurst Drive," she said. "It's in Shady Hills Subdivision II." One-hundred One-hundred One-hundred years ago. she might have said. "I live In Zipp."