Downtown Evanston Historic District
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Hikenutty
N 41° 16.098 W 110° 57.912
12T E 502914 N 4568542
Quick Description: Like many towns of the West, Evanston was a railroad town and this district was flourishing in the late 1800's when the Union Pacific Rail lines were built.
Location: Wyoming, United States
Date Posted: 12/26/2006 2:49:04 PM
Waymark Code: WM12HX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 51

Long Description:
In November, 1868, as grading crews approached the present site of Evanston, Harvey Booth pitched a tent near what is now Front Street and opened a saloon and restaurant. This wooden-floored and canvas-sided structure was Evanston's first building. Within a few weeks of Booth's arrival, the new frontier railroad camp boasted a population of 650 people.

On December 1, 1868, the Union Pacific's rails had reached Evanston where a train depot was constructed the following year. The town was plotted by and named after the railroad's surveyor, James A. Evans. By 1871, the railroad had located its railroad and machine shop and roundhouse, assuring the town's position as a major stop along the UP line.

Many historic buildings from the late 1800's and early 1900's remain in the downtown area bordered by Center St., 9th, 11th and Front Street. Be sure to visit the historic train depot at Depot square.
Street address:
Center, Front, 9th and 11th Streets
Evanston, WY USA

County / Borough / Parish: Uinta

Year listed: 1983

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Politics, Government, commerce

Periods of significance: 1875-1949

Historic function: Commerce, Government, Recreation

Current function: Commerce, Government

Privately owned?: yes

Season start / Season finish: From: 1/1/2006 To: 12/31/2006

Hours of operation: From: 9:00 AM To: 5:00 PM

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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