Evanston, Wyoming

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Evanston is a city in Uinta County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 11,507 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Uinta County.[4]



Evanston is located at 41°15′48″N 110°57′53″W / 41.26333°N 110.96472°W / 41.26333; -110.96472 (41.263302, -110.964616).[5] The elevation is 6749 feet (2057 m) above sea level.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.3 square miles (26.7 km²), of which, 10.2 square miles (26.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.39%) is water.

Evanston has a subarctic climate (Köppen climate classification Dfc) with semi-arid influences.


Evanston was named after James E. Evans, surveyor for the Union Pacific Railroad. The town was founded during the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad. The railroad arrived in the area in November 1868, and Harvey Booth opened a saloon/restaurant in a tent near what is now Front Street. By December the rails had reached Evanston and the first train arrived December 16. Later a machine shop and roundhouse were constructed, giving Evanston a longevity not shared with many other railroad towns.[7]

Abundant timber and water along the Bear River made Evanston a refueling station for cross-country locomotives. Coal was mined a few miles north of Evanston in Almy. Similar to other railroad towns in Wyoming, early Evanston had a large population of Chinese railroad workers — in Evanston they lived on the north side of the railroad tracks in a small "China town." Over time, the Chinese population dwindled, disappearing completely in the 1930s.[7]

Evanston was a major stop on the Lincoln Highway. The highway ran east to west from East Service Rd to Bear River Dr, on Front St to Harrison Dr, to Wasatch Rd southwest to Echo Canyon in Utah. It can still be seen along Interstate 80, which follows the railroad tracks in this area.

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