The Legend of Crazy Cook

The start Continental Divide Trail is named for a very dark reason.

Frank Evans was born on June 12, 1865. As an adult, he became a member of a crew building a fence along the US-Mexico border. On the morning of May 1, 1907, he mouthed off to his crew’s cook. The cook picked up an axe and murdered him in cold blood.

A marker at the Crazy Cook Monument tells the gruesome story.