Uinta County

Community - Evanston
Evanston was founded in November 1868 when Union Pacific crews laid track through the area. It has the only remaining complete roundhouse on the old Union Pacific line between Omaha and Sacramento. Life was rough along the railroad. A riot broke out in the nearby community of Old Bear Town on November 20, 1868, between a "seedy" bunch of robbers and thieves and a vigilante group of the town's upstanding citizens. Historians estimate that 30 people died. Old Bear Town disappeared but Evanston thrived and has become the commercial and shipping center of the area.

Historic Downtown Evanston
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, the Downtown Evanston Historic District is largely commercial. A few governmental and residential sructures are within the boundaries of the district. Evanston is oneiof Wyoming’s oldest cities and some of its commercial structures, such as Blyth & Fargo, were the finest in the state. Built between 1880 and 1930, the district buildings are architecturally cohesive as they exhibit similar design qualities.
National Register Of Historic Places

Attractions

Chinese Joss House Museum
Depot Square 10th and Front Streets, Evanston
Phone: (307) 789-8248 Point of Contact:
Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday; 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free (on request at Uinta County Museum)
Description: The Chinese Joss House Museum tells the story of the Chinese immigrants who lived and worked in Uinta County. The collection features a diorama of Evanston's Chinatown, archaeological discoveries from the location, historic photographs, and artifacts from the late 19th and early 20th century. This replica of the original Joss House (1874-1922) was completed in 1990 as a Wyoming Statehood Centennial community project.

Historic Carnegie Library & Uinta County Museum
1020 Front Street , Evanston
Phone: (307) 789-8248
Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free
Description: The Uinta County Museum is located in the historic 1906 Carnegie building, an example of Classical Revival architecture. In 2008, an expansion of the building was completed that echoes the historic features of the original structure. Exhibits focus on such subjects as historic trails, ranching, railroading, mining, and the Lincoln Highway (the first coast-to-coast car route)

Union Pacific Depot
Depot Square 10th and Front Streets, Evanston
Phone: (307) 789-8248
Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free (on request at Uinta County Museum)
Description: Built in 1900, the brick depot represents Gothic architecture and features two octangular turrets on each side of the arched entrance. There were two waiting rooms inside, one for men and another for women and children. Passenger rail service to Evanston was discontinued in 1983 after 115 years. The city of Evanston acquired the depot in 1985 and it was restored in 1989.

Union Pacific Railroad Complex (Roundhouse & Machine Shop)
1440 Main Street , Evanston
Phone: (307) 783-6320 (Urban Renewal Coordinator)
Hours: By appointment
Admission: Free
Description: Erected in 1912, this roundhouse is the only one left wholly standing on the Union Pacific line. There are 28 locomotive stalls accessible by means of an electric turntable that still works. In 1926, the Union Pacific closed the Evanston roundhouse and local officials appealed to the railroad for relief from the economic loss. In response, the Union Pacific established the Evanston Manufacturing, Repair and Reclamation Plant, known locally as “The Shops.” At its peak in 1942 the operation had 331 employees, but closed in 1971. Restoration of the roundhouse is still underway; work on the machine shop is complete.

Community - Fort Bridger
The community was named after trapper James Bridger, who established trading post and blacksmith shop here.

Attractions

Fort Bridger State Historic Site
P.O. Box 35, Fort Bridger
Phone: (307) 782-3842
Site Grounds Hours: Open 8 am to dark--April 1 - October 31. There are no services during the winter.
Museum hours: Open 8:30 am - 5 pm May 1 - September 30; Open weekends 9 - 4:30 in April and October. Replica of Bridger's Trading Post Hours: 9 am - 4:30 p.m. May 1 - September 30th.
Admission: Resident, Daily Use, parks - $4.00, historic sites - $2.00; annual pass - $33.00 Non-resident, Daily Use, parks - $6.00, historic sites - $4.00, annual pass - $53.00
Description: Fort Bridger is an oasis in the desert. See the Pony Express and stagecoach station where Mark Twain and Horace Greeley dined. Tour intact buildings constructed by the military and see a reconstructed Bridger’s Trading Post. Originally a supply post for emigrants along the Overland and Oregon-Mormon Trails, Fort Bridger was built along the Blacks Fork of the Green River. Louis Vasquez and Jim Bridger, mountain man and fur trader, established the outpost in 1843. Burned then rebuilt in the mid-1800s, several historic buildings remain. Recently restored Lincoln Highway cabins from the 1920s are adjacent to the fort.

Historic Trails (Oregon Trail, California Trail, Mormon Handcart Trail, Pony Express Trail, Overland Trail, & Cherokee Trail)
1020 Front Street , Evanston
Phone: (307) 789-8248
Hours: N/A
Admission: N/A
Description: Uinta County was on the way west for many 19th century pioneers and several famous trails passed through the area. There are exhibits on these historic trails at the Uinta County Museum, which serves as a clearing house for information on trail sites in the county.

Community - Piedmont
The former town is now a ghost town

Attractions

Piedmont Charcoal Kilns State Historic Site
Interstate 80 (exit 24, Leroy Road); ten miles south of I-80. , Piedmont
Phone: (307) 782-3842
Hours: Daylight hours, weather permitting.
Admission: Free

Built by Moses Byrne in 1869 to supply charcoal for the iron smelting industry in Utah, these conical limestone kilns measure 30 feet across and 30 feet high. Only three of the original 40 kilns remain. It was estimated that during 1873, the kilns could produce 100,000 bushels of charcoal per month. Most of the charcoal was sent to Utah on the Union Pacific Railroad. Wood burned in the kilns came from the nearby Uinta Mountains. The road to the kilns follows the grade of the railroad. The ghost of the town of Piedmont is nearby.

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