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8:36 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Uinta County Museum & Joss House - Evanston

The mission of Uinta County Museum is to collect, preserve and interpret the history of Uinta County and the surrounding region and to make the Museum collections available to the public. There is significant history here, as the area was the funnel through which most of the trails west, from the mountain men to I-80, traveled.

The Museum is located in the historic Carnegie Library building, completed in 1906 and located in historic Depot Square. This building is a lovely example of Classical Revival architecture, the building was designed by New York architect Albert Randolph Ross (who also designed a Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C.).  In 2008, an expansion of the building was completed. Designed by Jackson architect Kurt Dubbe, the new building echoes the historic features of the original structure.

The Uinta County Museum is home to permanent exhibits and changing exhibits, to tell visitors stories of this county.  Two permanent exhibits include the Blyth & Fargo Mercantile and Trails, Rails, Ranches and Rigs, the Story of Uinta County.  A few of the changing exhibits are Moments in History, a single artifact and bite-size history exhibit, Paper Dolls Past to Present, and A Tribute to the Boy Scouts of America.

The Museum staff members are also docents for the Joss House Museum which is located in Depot Square. This is an artifact rich museum dedicated to the 50 year plus presence of the Chinese community in Evanston from 1868 to 1920.

The Museum has around eight thousand visitors every year from all the states and many foreign countries.

For more information, please visit www.uintacounty.com/museum .

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