George Watkin Evans papers, 1915-1943

Overview of the Collection

Evans, George Watkin, 1876-1951
George Watkin Evans papers
1915-1943 (inclusive)
6.87 linear feet
Collection Number
4647 (Accession No. 4647-001)
Mining reports, speeches, writings, maps, plots etc. related to an engineer, geologist
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
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Box 352900
Seattle, WA
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Fax: 2065431931
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

George Watkin Evans was born in Abercarne, South Wales, in 1876, and came to the United States with his parents as a young boy. His father was a coal miner, and the family lived in Pennsylvania before coming west to the Washington coal fields. Beginning at the age of eleven, Evans spent his youth working in coal mines. Having no formal education, he taught himself to read the Welsh Bible and studied in the evenings, taking a correspondence course in preparation for college.

At the age of 20, Evans entered the Mining Engineering Department at the State College of Washington in Pullman. While in college, he took a year off and went to Dawson in the Yukon Territory during the Klondike Gold Rush. He took a job on El Dorado Creek, one of the richest placer creeks of the time, hoisting gravel out of a mine shaft. This work was his introduction to gold mining.

Returning to college, he earned his degree in Mining and Engineering and found employment in Colorado at the Dorcas Cyanide Mill. Working every department in the mill, he then moved on to take charge of a cyanide mill in Silver Cliff, Colorado. While his days were spent working, his evenings were spent studying the metallurgy of gold and silver. When Evans was poisoned by cyanogen gas and was forced to leave the metallurgy profession, he returned to coal mining.

Evans spent the next several years as a consulting mining engineer conducting coal surveys for the U.S. Bureau of Mines, the United States Navy, and the Northern Pacific Railroad. He was an authority in his field, recognized in engineering circles in North America and England.

Later in his life, Evans returned to his interest in gold mining and did professional consulting work in the gold fields of Colorado, California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, and parts of Alaska.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Mining reports, speeches, writings, maps, plats, etc.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Acquired through the University of Washington Mineral Engineering School, 1/1/1940.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Mining engineering--Washington (State)--History--Sources
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)

Personal Names

  • Evans, George Watkin, 1876-1951--Archives

Corporate Names

  • United States. Bureau of Mines--Employees