Casper in Natrona County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Salt Creek Oil Field
The famous Salt Creek oil field is located in Natrona County, 40 miles north of Casper. Representative Stephen W. Downey was the first man to acquire land at Salt Creek in 1883, after the discovery of the Jackass Spring oil seep. The discovery oil well in the area was drilled in March of 1889 in the Shannon pool. Mr. Shannon later built a small oil refinery in Casper in 1895 to process his oil.
The main Salt Creek oil field was opened with the discovery of oil at the Dutch No. 1 location in October, 1908. It initially produced 150 barrels of oil per day. As the field was developed and expanded, many of the Salt Creek wells were famous for being gushers. After 20 wells were producing oil in Salt Creek, Franco-Wyoming Oil Company decided to build a 5,000 barrel of oil per day refinery on 20 acres located immediately east of Highland Cemetery. Transportation of large amounts of oil to the Casper refineries was a problem until the completion of two pipelines in December 1911.
For some time Salt Creek was the largest light oil field in the world. The Teapot Dome oil field of President Harding’s tenure in the 1920s is located
Erected by Natrona County Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #29 Warren G. Harding series list.
Location. 42° 50.171′ N, 106° 22.336′ W. Marker is in Casper, Wyoming, in Natrona County. Marker is on Fort Caspar Road 0.1 miles west of Wyoming Route 258, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4001 Fort Caspar Road, Casper WY 82604, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Casper - Natrona County - State Founding (here, next to this marker); Railroads (here, next to this marker); Ellen L. Watson (“Cattle Kate”) (here, next to this marker); Eadsville (a few steps from this marker); Goose Egg Ranch (a few steps from this marker); Ranching in Wyoming (a few steps from this marker); Civilian Conservation Corps (a few steps from this marker); Bridger and Bozeman Trails (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Casper.
More about this marker. This marker is part of the Wyoming history walk in Centennial Park, which is adjacent to the Fort Caspar Museum and shares the parking lot.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 25, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 354 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on January 12, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 25, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. 5. submitted on December 27, 2015.