Evanston, just an hour and 20 minute drive from Salt Lake City, is a city in southwestern Wyoming. Evanston has a population of around 12,000 people and serves as the county seat for Unita County. The city of Evanston dates back to 1868 when the Union Pacific Railroad first reached the fort camp in the area. The camp was later named after the surveyor for the railorad, James E. Evans. The abundant resources along the Bear River near Evanston made the city a refueling station for locomotives, thus making it an even more popular destination. Evanston still serves as a hot spot along Interstate 80 for tourists and travelers alike. Let's explore more of what Evanston has to offer!
Bear River State Park is a 324 acre day use park only 7 minutes away from Evanston! Here, you can find herds of bison and elk and several miles of various trails. There even is a Bear River State Park Visitor Center, home to stunning wildlife displays. Locals and tourists love to bike, fish, geocache, hike, swim and throw horseshoes at the park - something we can all get behind! The area is open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm in the summer and 8:00 am to 8:00 pm in the winter. With so much to see and do, a stop at Bear River State Park is surely warranted.
The Chinese Joss House Museum is another unique attraction in Evanston! From the 1870's through the 1930's Chinese immigrants lived and worked in Uinta County - many of whom worked on the Union Pacific Railroad. The immigrants lived on the north side of the tracks in a small "China town." The Chinese Joss House Museum tells their story and showcases discoveries from the location including photographs and artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries. This museum is truly one of a kind and is definitely worth the stop!
Located at the beautiful and historic Depot Square in downtwon Evanston, the Evanston Bluegrass Festival is a popular event! This day-long festival features a various award winning bluegrass musicians with styles ranging from traditional bluegrass to progressive bluegrass as well as Americana and Folk. There are also food, beer and wine vendors with delicious treats for everyone in the family. Also, if you're in the mood to shop, there are artists who sell gorgeous jewelry, baskets and paintings! What's even better about the festival is that it is a fundraiser for Bluegrass Evanston's Global and Local Educational Initiative. Check out this festival next June!
The Unita County Fair is one of Evanston's most popular events of the summer! This fair features livestock shows, rodeos, truck and tractor pulls, a dance and more! This past fair, there even was jugglers, magicians, signers, pirates with parrots and a dog show! And of course, the fair wouldn't be the fair without the carnival; there's one of those too! And we can't forget to mention the homemade ice cream contest; what a treat! Don't miss next year's fair, held between late-July and early-August.
Jody's Diner is "where the locals meet and eat!" Located off exit 6 of 1-80, this restaurant is a popular place! They have a range of yummy dishes including breakfast, lunch and dinner options! For breakfast, order the french toast combo! And for dinner, try the turkey dinner or the chicken fried steak. There are so many delicious dishes; there surely is something for everyone!
Another popular restaurant in Evanston is Bon Rico. Bon Rico is a steakhouse with delicious menu options including pasta, steaks, burgers and surf and turf. If you're in the mood for something new, try the Lemon Chicken Breast; it's out-of-this-world! Also don't forget to save room for dessert! Stop by this popular restaurant next time you're in town; it's worth it!