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John Evans

Updated 2020-05-27
  • John Evans

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    Originally from Ohio, John Evans forged a successful career in medicine and business in Chicago before coming to Colorado Territory in 1862 to serve as second territorial governor.
    John Evans
  • Sand Creek Massacre Site

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    Evans resigned from his position as Colorado governor in the wake of the Sand Creek Massacre of November 1864, in which Colorado volunteer soldiers killed more than 150 Southern Cheyenne and Southern Arapahoe people camping near Sand Creek in eastern Colorado. Recent historical inquiries have determined that Evans bears some responsibility for the massacre.
    Sand Creek Massacre Site
  • Evans House, Denver

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    During his time in Denver, John Evans lived in this sturdy brick house at the corner of Fourteenth and Arapahoe Streets.
    Evans House, Denver
  • Later Years

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    In the three decades after his resignation as governor, Evans remained an influential civic leader and businessman, working to develop Denver's transportation infrastructure and supporting a variety of educational and religious causes.
    Later Years
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