For a little town, Evanston, WY has big surprises for visitors and tourists. Here’s a run-down of the must-see sites sprinkled throughout the downtown area.
Pittsburgh-based steel magnate Andrew Carnegie financed 1,679 public libraries across America and you can see one of them in Evanston, WY. When U.S. Senator Clarence D. Clark of Wyoming first approached Carnegie about funding a library in Evanston, the businessman declined because he thought the community too small.
With persistence, Clark and other proponents of the library succeeded in securing a donation of $11,000 from Carnegie. Built upon land donated by the Union Pacific Railroad Company, the building is an example of classical revival architecture and today houses the Uinta County Museum and Chamber of Commerce.
2. A local brewery
Suds Brothers’ Brewery is right on Main Street and offers thirsty tourists a pleasant respite with delicious food and brews. Suds Brothers opened seven years ago and since then has been recognized with three different awards for homebrewed beers in unique flavors like “Bizzy Bee Hefeweizen” and “Raspberry Fields Forever.”
Enjoy classics like burgers and sandwiches or go for beer boiled bratwursts or chicken carbonara. No matter what you’re craving, Suds Brothers will have a beer to wet your whistle and a meal to fill you up.
During its early days, Evanston was home to many Chinese residents who labored on the Union Pacific Railroad. To honor their contributions, the city erected a replica Joss House, or Chinese temple, to house a museum showcasing Chinese culture and history in Evanston. Visit to see a to-scale model of Evanston’s original Chinatown, archaeological discoveries and other artifacts from the late 19th and early 20th century.
If you appreciate the rustic beauty of natural wood, this shop is for you! Find dressers, chests, nightstands, bed frames, chairs and other homewares made of pine logs. Because designs can be custom ordered, you can go for a clean look free of bark or a natural look with bark or gray streaking. Even if you just stop by to appreciate the craftsmanship of these refreshingly simple designs, Log Furniture Wyoming is worth the stop.
This book and antique store isn’t only a place to do some shopping – it’s also the perfect place to grab a quick treat. There are lattes and teas as well as cinnamon rolls, muffins, cakes and other sweets. If it’s later in the day, you can get a bowl of soup or a sandwich while you relax and read your new book. Serendipity also hosts concerts, so if you time your visit right you can catch a free show.
The plans for this charming area began in 2006, when former resident and philanthropist Wayman Wing decided he wanted to give back to the community where he grew up. A semi-retired structural engineer, Mr. Wing built the beautiful green-domed gazebo. To showcase Mr. Wing’s gracious gift, the City of Evanston formed a committee to raise funds to design and install a garden around the gazebo. Completed in 2008, the garden features a pond with a waterfall and fish, a walking path and traditional Chinese trees and flowers.
This shop on Front Street specializes, as the name suggests, in fossils and minerals. You can make arrangements to dig up your own fossil on a guided tour or look around the shop to see fossilized fish, stingrays, shrimp and crayfish from the Wyoming Green River Formation. You’ll also see a variety of minerals, fossils and wood carvings from all over the world and purchase any that catch your eye. For those interested in the wonders of nature, Antares Fossils & Minerals is a great place to learn and explore.
Evanston might be best known as a destination for outdoor adventures like hiking, fishing, kayaking and biking, but the downtown area is full of fun surprises that are themselves well worth a visit. To learn more and plan your trip, go to www.evanstonwy.org.