Images of America: Evans | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/images-america-evans[12/7/2015 3:18:57 PM] Home Images of America: EvansImages of America: EvansSubmitted by CLEAVITT on 12-9-2014 02:30 PMAuthor: Sarah Arnusch Publishing: Images of America: Evans. By Sarah Arnusch. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2014. 128 pages. Black-andwhite photographs. 6 x 9. $21.99 paperback. Reviewer: Luther Wilson Reviewer Affiliation: I do not know when exactly I first noticed the Images of America series of local history books published by Arcadia Publishing. My personal library contains a number of the series volumes, including Irish Denver by well-known historian Thomas J. Noel and Colorados best politician, Dennis Gallagher, and one on my hometown, Brighton Colorado by local historian Albin Wagner. Recently I have noticed the books appearing in wire-frame racks in many nontraditional book outlets, including a local chain pharmacy and grocery. There are scores of the books on cities, towns, and other interesting historical subjects around the country. The books all have a common look with sepia-toned images on the front cover, a standard trade paperback trim size, and printed on high-quality paper stock appropriate for what are mostly photographic books. The books also proudly carry the Made in the USA logo as well as the Forest Stewardship Councils certification that the books are printed on 100-percent FSC certified paper. I heartily applaud the publishers efforts, both for fine book production and for making available interesting volumes on local and regional history. Evans, Colorado, is the subject of this volume. It is primarily a photographic book containing approximately one hundred black-and-white images, almost all from the Evans Historical Museum. Included is a threepage introduction that presents a brief history of the town from its platting in 1869 along the South Platte River east of present-day Greeley to the groundbreaking for the towns new Riverside Library and Cultural Center in 2013. The introduction is followed by five chapters of photographs with brief introductions and extensive captions: 1. Settlers, Steamers, and Saloons: Evans in the Early Years 2. Everything You Need: Living and Working in Evans 3. A Century of Learning: Going to School in Evans 4. For the Good of All: Church, Charity, and Service 5. Growth and Change: Evans Today EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanWithin Colorado boundaries are lands once claimed by Spanish kings and Mexican governors.
Images of America: Evans | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/images-america-evans[12/7/2015 3:18:57 PM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us All sections are interesting, especially the Early Years when Evans fought with Greeley (originally the Union Colony) over location of the Weld County seat. Evans served much the same functions in Weld County that Louisville did in Boulder County. They had bars and saloons, whereas Greeley and other towns in Weld County were dry, as was the town of Boulder in Boulder County. Greeley residents thought it was a black eye for the county seat to be in a town that sold and consumed alcohol. After several disputed elections switching the location back and forth between the two towns, Greeley finally won out over Evans in a decision adjudicated by the state supreme court. The chapter on education is particularly engaging, in both the photographs and the captions. Many captions are very long and informative. The school system of Evans was almost single-handedly brought through the decades of the 1920s into the 1960s by the dedication of one woman, Loretto Lane Chappelow, who is still held in great reverence today. A school building bearing her name survived for over thirty years. Although published in March 2014, sadly the book does not cover the 1000-year flood that decimated much of Colorados Front Range communities, including Evans, in September 2013. Perhaps that subject, along with Evanss remarkable recovery efforts, will bring a revised edition sometime in the near future. Reviewer Info: Luther Wilson retired in June 2010 as director of the University of New Mexico Press, having served twice as UNM Presss director. He served as director of the University Press of Colorado for twelve years and the Syracuse University Press for three years. He also served as general manager of the College and Trade divisions of Nelson-ITP, Australia, as editor-in-chief of the University of Oklahoma Press, and as an acquisitions editor for the Cambridge University Press and for Harper and Row, both in New York City. He worked in commercial and academic publishing for forty-four years, publishing textbooks, general and scholarly nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. He now lives in Brighton, Colorado.