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Evergreen, Co. provides a warm respite from big-city bustle. Alpine meadows, cool forests and brilliant wildflowers create a natural backdrop for this thriving community tucked in the mountains west of the state capital.

Homesteader Thomas Bergen arrived in 1859, establishing a ranch and stage stop north of present-day downtown Evergreen. Bergen's Ranch was recognized as a settled area at the establishment of Jefferson County, Jefferson Territory. Subsequent settlers homesteaded south of Bergen along Bear Creek Canyon and the downtown area grew around the confluence of Cub Creek and Bear Creek. Fellow homesteader Dwight P. Wilmot is credited with naming the area "Evergreen"; his home has been preserved and still functions as a private residence across the street from his namesake Wilmot Elementary School.

Today, Evergreen boasts an eclectic community and a rich cultural existence - local theater, arts, music and fine dining. For recreation, jog up to Evergreen Lake: this pristine jewel offers boating and picnicking in the summer, ice skating in the winter and fishing year-round. Drive up nearby Mt. Evans (14,624 feet) or watch as the Maxwell Falls cascade 76 feet into a rocky canyon.

Map: Evergreen

Region: Metro Denver Area Regional Information

County: Jefferson

Proximity to other towns: Located 16.7 miles from Lakewood, 9.2 miles from Conifer, 10 miles from Morrison, 11.4 miles from Golden, 21 miles from Pine

Population: 9,216

Elevation: 7040 feet

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