Evanston was founded in November of 1868 during the first Transcontinental Railroad project when Union Pacific crews were laying track through this part of the county. It has the only remaining complete roundhouse on the old Union Pacific line between Omaha and Sacramento. 

Surrounded by mountains on all sides, Evanston is a recreational mecca for fishing, hunting, hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, camping and many other outdoor recreational opportunities. The Bear River flowing right through town presents opportunities for a whole host of activities.

The Evanston area embraces ranching, agriculture, and development of natural resources.  Within a few minutes’ drive you can enjoy the north slope of the Uinta Mountains where there is something for nearly everyone.  In other directions you will see abundant wildlife including bull elk and buffalo within the Bear River State Park.