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Gushers, Marker, middle panel image, Touch for more information
By Barry Swackhamer, June 5, 2016
Gushers, Marker, middle panel
Wyoming (Natrona County), Midwest — Gushers,Gas and Growing Technologies
(top panel:) Some Salt Creek oil wells in the 1910s-20s were uncontrollable gushers. Before pipelines, storage tanks, and advanced equipment, much oil soaked into the ground, ran into streams, and was burned to reduce runoff. A few . . . — Map (db m95636) HM
Wyoming (Natrona County), Midwest — Midwest Veterans Memorial
Two memorial plaques are located on the base of the American Legion flagpole. In Memorium 1918 Orin Snyder • Wm. McClaffin • John M. Speckbacher Who Died for Democracy In Memory of those who paid the supreme . . . — Map (db m95628) WM
Wyoming (Natrona County), Midwest — Oil Boom Towns
“Get out and don’t come back!” was the message John Hunton and his oil prospecting party received in 1873 from a mounted band of Arapahoe Indians while filling glass jars with pure crude oil seeping from the sandy ground. This is the . . . — Map (db m95627) HM
Wyoming (Natrona County), Midwest — Salt Creek Oil Field
Stockmen were aware of pools of oil in the creek bottoms during cattle trailing days. These oil seeps led to the discovery of Salt Creek, one of Wyoming’s largest oil fields, nine miles long by five miles wide. In 1883, the first claims were . . . — Map (db m91657) HM
Wyoming (Natrona County), Midwest — Salt Creek Oil Field
Stockmen were aware of pools of oil in the creek bottoms during cattle trailing days. These oil seeps led to the discovery of Salt Creek, one of Wyoming's largest oil fields, nine miles long by five miles wide. In 1883, the first claims were filed . . . — Map (db m95626) HM
Wyoming (Natrona County), Midwest — Salt Creek Oil FieldProducing Oil for over a Century
( top panel:) Development of the Salt Creek Oilfield accompanied the nation’s evolving interest in the West from a romantic wilderness to a resource of mineral wealth. Placer oil claims were filed in the Salt Creek area beginning in . . . — Map (db m95629) HM
Wyoming (Natrona County), Midwest — Scandal!Tempest at the Teapot — Black Gold Highway — Teapot Dome Oilfield
Teapot Rock is an outcropping of sandstone whose general outline resembles a teapot—though harsh weather has collapsed both handle and spout. Taking place nearby, the Teapot Dome Scandal “erupted like a gusher” in 1924, rocking the . . . — Map (db m92160) HM
Wyoming (Natrona County), Midwest — Society in an Oil Patch
center panel: In the early 1900s, hopeful oil workers flooded Salt Creek - especially "boomers" from "gone bust" oilfields in other states. Many companies built camps next to wells to house employees. As companies changed hands and shifted . . . — Map (db m91659) HM

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