Superior in Sweetwater County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
The town of Superior, Wyoming had its origins in the coal boom days around the turn of the century. A prospecting team led by Morgan Griffiths entered Horse Thief Canyon in 1900, and established the site for the first of Superiorís many coal mines. The town grew to its largest population of 2,700 in the mid 1940s when, during world War II, hundreds of workers came to the mines, living in quarters fashioned from boxcars.
The Superior mines produced nearly 24,000,000 tons of coal annually in their prime, second only to Rock Springs. There were eight mines in the area, all but two owned and operated by the Union Pacific Coal Company to supply their locomotives. The Premier and Copenhagen Mines were independents. The Union Pacific mines were the last to close their mining operations, forbidden by law to sell their coal to the public, and having no great use for it themselves because of the advent of the diesel locomotive. The D.O. Clark Mine was closed in 1963.
The town of South Superior was an incorporated town, with a separate identity from the company town of Superior.
Erected by The People of the Town of South Superior, The Wyoming Department of Environment, Tern Engineering, Western Wyoming Community College, Noel Griffith & Associates, Sweetwater County Commissioners, Linda Tallifero, Larry Calier and Fred Radosovich.
Location. 41° 45.738′ N, 108° 58.099′ W. Marker is in Superior, Wyoming, in Sweetwater County. Marker can be reached from Main Street (State Highway 371) near Berta Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 109 Main Street, Superior WY 82945, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Unions (a few steps from this marker); Opening the Mines (a few steps from this marker); Prospecting (a few steps from this marker); Town Development (a few steps from this marker); Working in the Mines (a few steps from this marker); Immigrants (within shouting distance of this marker); Point of Rocks (approx. 10.8 miles away); An Unsolved Mystery (approx. 10.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Superior.
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Miners Union Hall.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 15, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 420 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 15, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.