Governor John Evans: Bring in the railroads at any cost

Excerpts from my book, Forgotten Heroes and Villains of Sand Creek (June 11, 2010).

When John Evans arrived in the Colorado Territory, he came as a wealthy and influential Chicago businessman who had been appointed governor by President Lincoln. Already a millionaire, Evans saw Colorado as a boundless opportunity for the development of towns and railroads, and, of course, unimaginable wealth for those who made it happen.

Evans claimed he had nothing to do with the massacre at Sand Creek because he wasn’t there, but he was deeply involved the events leading up to the massacre.



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