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Evans, Co. was named in honor of Colorado's second territorial governor, John Evans. John Evans was a physician, real estate investor, founder of universities, railroad builder, and politician. In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln offered him the territorial governorship of Colorado; by 1865, the legislature chose him as a senator.

Before his death on July 3, 1897, Dr. Evans left a lasting mark on the State of Colorado when he found that Denver was not going to be a part of the Transcontinental Railroad. He was very instrumental in obtaining a land grant and starting construction of the Denver Pacific Railroad linking Denver with the Transcontinental Railroad in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

On November 22, 1869, our settlement midway between Denver and Cheyenne was the first town to be platted and filed with the clerk of Weld County. Evans also marks the site of the completion of the railroad.

Town Know For: In 2004, Evans received the Gold Medal for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, the highest honor of this type and one that is considered the Oscar of parks and recreation. The supporting cast? City Park features a playground, pavilion, horseshoe pits, softball arena and lots of shade for picnics; Riverside Park contains a seven-acre fishing lake with over two miles of scenic trails, ball fields and open lands; and Village Park offers tennis and basketball. Prairie View Park boasts soccer fields and a skateboard park.

Map: Evans

Region: Northern Front Range Regional Information

County: Weld

Proximity to other towns: Located 2.6 miles from Greeley, 10.8 miles from Milliken, 13.8 miles from Platteville

Population: 19,000+

Elevation: 4650 feet

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