Wyoming museum preserves larger-than-life oil boom years
August 18, 2017
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A sign outside the Salt Creek Museum in the town of Midwest tells you the Salt Creek Oil Field was once the largest oil producer in the world. Another proclaims the first lighted football game in 1925.
Small towns and camps once dotted the field where workers lived and raised their families. Altogether, the communities once rivaled the current population of Casper. Midwest and Edgerton are all that remain, with residents who number in the hundreds.
The Salt Creek Museum remains, too, and tells the history of the community and its people from the time oil was discovered...