Evanston is a railroad town that was founded in November of 1868 when Union Pacific crews were laying track through this part of the county. It has the only remaining complete roundhouse on the old Union Pacific line between Omaha and Sacramento. Life was rough in the small towns that sprung up along the rail route. A riot broke out in the nearby community of Old Bear Town on November 20, 1868, between what at the time was called a "seedy" bunch of robbers and thieves and a vigilante group of the town's upstanding citizens.
Some historians estimate that 30 people died. Old Bear Town eventually disappeared but Evanston thrived and has become the commercial and shipping center of the area. Many of the original settlers picked a rather nice place to put their roots down.
Surrounded by mountains on all sides, Evanston is a recreational mecca for fishing, hunting, hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, camping and many other outdoor recreational opportunities.
Don't Miss: Walk the grounds of the Fort Bridger State Historic Site, between Evanston and Green River, which was a trading post for pioneers and miners built in the 1840s. Over Labor Day weekend the Fort hosts the Mountain Man Rendezvous, a festival that will give you a taste of real frontier life. http://www.fortbridgerrendezvous.net