Jeffrey City in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Biggest Bust of Them All
In the early 1950s, prospectors started combing Wyoming's hills for surefire riches. Then, in 1954 prospector Robert (Bob) Adams discovered uranium. He founded the Lost Creek Oil and Uranium Company, purchased property next to Home on the Range and built a company town, naming it Jeffrey City after Dr. C.W. Jeffrey of Rawlins, his biggest financial backer. Adams renamed his company Western Nuclear, Inc. and later sold to Phelps-Dodge, a mining conglomerate, during the industry's slowdown in the 1960s. With the next uranium boom in the 1970s, Phelps-Dodge added employees and built housing, streets, and parks; Jeffrey City bustled. In 1980, with nearby uranium mines in full swing, over 4,000 people called Jeffrey City home. The school had almost 600 students, and the area's uranium industry employed nearly 1,000 workers. The town's existence revolved around the uranium industry.
Then came the bust in the early 1980s - and when uranium busted, Jeffrey City faded away. By 1982 only 1,000 people remained. The uranium market dipped lower and nearly
Erected by Wyoming Historic Mine Trail and Byway System.
Location. 42° 29.711′ N, 107° 49.868′ W. Marker is in Jeffrey City, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker is at the intersection of Sweetwater Boulevard and Bob Adams Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Sweetwater Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jeffrey City WY 82310, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gold Flakes to Yellowcake Historic Mine Trail (a few steps from this marker); Ice Slough (approx. 9.2 miles away).
Also see . . . Gold Flakes to Yellowcake Historic Mine Trail Brochure. (Submitted on July 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 491 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.