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Evans in Weld County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Evans

 
 
Evans Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 30, 2018
1. Evans Marker
Inscription.  Construction of the Denver Pacific Railroad, linking Denver and Cheyenne, stopped here for the winter of 1869, and a town was begun. It was named Evans in honor of the second territorial governor, John Evans, builder of the Denver Pacific. According to tradition, the first church services were held in railroad passenger coaches. The townsite was part of a 900,000 acre land grant the railroad received from the federal government to help finance construction by selling land to settlers. The St. Louis Colony, a cooperative agricultural community, brought enough settlers to Evans to create a "boom town", which was the Weld County seat until it lost the honor in the seventies. A stage line ran between Evans and Denver until the completion of the railroad in 1870.
 
Erected 1965 by the students of Evans Junior-Senior High School and by the State Historical Society of Colorado from Mrs. J. N. Hall Endowment. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location.
Evans Marker next to another marker about Evans and other places. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 30, 2018
2. Evans Marker next to another marker about Evans and other places.
40° 22.326′ N, 104° 41.724′ W. Marker is in Evans, Colorado, in Weld County. Marker is on CanAm Highway (U.S. 85) 0.1 miles north of 42nd Street, on the right when traveling north. Located in a pullout on the northbound side. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: CanAm Highway, Evans CO 80620, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Evans / Dearfield / Colonies and Crusaders / Evans Country (here, next to this marker); #3 Ditch Marker (approx. 3.2 miles away); German Prisoner of War Camp 202 (approx. 8.8 miles away); Greeley P.O.W. Camp 202 (approx. 8.8 miles away); POW Camp #202 (approx. 8.8 miles away); A Camp 202 Prisoner (approx. 8.8 miles away); Fort Vasquez Trading Post (approx. 13.9 miles away); Fort Vasquez (approx. 14 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  History of Evans and clearer photo of marker. (Submitted on July 2, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 2, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 2, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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