Midwest in Natrona County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Salt Creek Oil Field
In 1883, the first claims were filed in the 22,000 acre Salt Creek Field. The first strike in the field occurred in 1908 at a depth of 1,050 feet. Many wells are still active. Salt Creek was one of the first unitized oil fields in the United States. Under unitization one company operates properties for all owners and more efficient recovery methods can be used. Improved practices in Salt Creek have recovered many additional millions of barrels of oil.
Erected by Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources.
Location. 43° 24.575′ N, 106° 16.187′ W. Marker is in Midwest, Wyoming, in Natrona County. Marker is at the intersection of Wyoming Route 387 at milepost 28 and Wyoming Route 259, on the right when traveling east on State Route 387. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Midwest WY 82643, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gushers, (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oil Boom Towns (approx. Salt Creek Oil Field (approx. 0.4 miles away); Society in an Oil Patch (approx. half a mile away); Midwest Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Geology (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Salt Creek Oil Field (approx. 6.7 miles away); Scandal! (approx. 6.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Midwest.
More about this marker. This marker is located at the southwest corner of the intersection.
Also see . . . First Wyoming Oil Wells - American Oil & Gas Historical Society. Tales of the “Great Tar Spring” would lead to Wyoming’s earliest hand-dug oil wells during the Civil War. “The first recorded oil sale in Wyoming occurred along the Oregon Trail when, in 1863, enterprising entrepreneurs sold oil as a lubricant to wagon-train travelers” explains Wyohistory.org. “The oil came from Oil Mountain Springs some 20 miles west of present-day Casper.” (Submitted on December 17, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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