Life in Evergreen


The making of a ghost town

Written by Linda Kirkpatrick on .


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These photos could very well become the new picture postcards of Evergreen. They tell a story about how a ghost town looks in its early stages of neglect and deterioration.

Without a city government (and I’m certainly not promoting one!), when things fall apart, they don’t get fixed.

There isn’t any clout in working with State and Federal entities to repair flood-damaged bridges. Nearly four years after flooding, we are still looking at cones, barriers and a one-lane bridge leading to the Lake House. Barriers along the lake trail keep visitors and locals alike from walking around the lake because of erosion undermining the embankment.

There aren’t any teeth. Volunteer groups have tried and tried over the years to address the issues but have been relatively unsuccessful at getting much done, whether it be improving sidewalks or crosswalks, or getting flood damage fixed.


The go-to book on the history of Evergreen is about to be released!

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A new book on the history of Evergreen is about to be released August 28th. Entitled simply “Evergreen,” this is a largely pictorial version with easily readable bits of history with each of the 205 photos that comprise this book. It covers 150 years – from 1859 – 2009.

“Evergreen” is written by John Steinle, former administrator of the Hiwan Homestead Museum, who had the benefit of knowing about many of the photos and stories associated with the development of the community.  

I had the privilege of working with John to proofread and help pull together photos for certain segments of time and, therefore, can speak to the integrity of the book.  Although I haven't seen it yet, I feel confident it will become the go-to historical reference for our community for many years to come.  It has a clean, crisp appearance; and I think you're going to like it!


Jeffco Hall of Fame to induct three from Evergreen

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Once again, Evergreen is showing its leadership county-wide. Three of the five individuals being inducted into the Jefferson County Hall of Fame are from Evergreen – Hank Alderfer, John Ellis, and Mike Moore.

In 2916 Dan Pike and Sylvia Brockner were inducted. The first year the award was given (2014) Jack Newkirk was honored.

Hank Alderfer

Hank Alderfer’s 47 years of contributions have come from his history of the Evergreen community and the settlers who arrived here before he did. He established relationships with families, relationships that helped the Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) protect thousands of acres from development. Personally, he protected those families as well. He served umpteen terms on the Evergreen Parks and Recreation District board until term limits forced him off the board. For decades he oversaw the operations of the volunteer-driven Bear Creek Cemetery.

With the publishing of a book entitled Yesteryear, Hank pulled together significant historical columns he’d written for the Canyon Courier over the years, detailing some the who’s who of ranchers and settlers in Evergreen’s earliest years.