Evans (1869, 5,063 feet) was established along the Denver Pacific railway and named for its president, former territorial governor John Evans. This townsite was a part of the 900,000-acre grant received by the railroad. Although Evans was the first railroad boom town and county seat, it was eclipsed by its neighbor on the north, Greeley, which permanently replaced it as the county seat in 1877. Unlike Greeley, which was dry, Evans allowed bars and was generally more relaxed than its utopian neighbor.
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