In 1982, a group of citizens came to City Hall and said “something needs to be done with downtown!”
Evanston, WY is a vibrant and charming railroad town named for the Union Pacific Railroad...
Our historic downtown says "welcome!". Take a walk along the tree and flower-lined street, enjoy the music, check out the mural, "The Wild West", by world-renowned artist, ARCY, enjoy a cup of coffee on one of the many benches available. This is a place you want to be!
Just a short block away, you'll find Historic Depot Square, so beautiful, peaceful and tranquil, that is until a train comes rolling through and toots its horn! Here you will find a 1900 Depot, a historic mercantile once on Main Street, a wonderful Chinese gazebo and garden, and the Chinese Joss House Museum, a replica of the original place of worship which was located across the tracks in the original Chinatown. This small museum houses many of the artifacts from the old Chinatown area and Chinatown archeological dig site. A must-see!
Depot Square is also home to an original Carnegie Library, now the Uinta County Museum and the Evanston Chamber of Commerce.
Down the street, you'll find Evanston's treasure...the historic Union Pacific Roundhouse & Railyards. (Listed on the National Register of Historic Places). Here, twenty-two acres of railroad history! Take a spin on the still operating turntable, what a unique experience! This historic site on the UPRR mainline, contains an intact 28 bay roundhouse (railcar/engine repair station), machine shop, visitor center and so much more. The buildings have been restored and rehabilitated for public use. Visitors can contact City Hall for a tour and a ride. (Weather permitting).
Downtown revitalization, beautification, and preservation is never-ending. Thanks to dedicated citizens working continuously, downtown is a place where people love to go and want to return.