USA photo postcard of Big Muddy oil camp Wyoming c.1910s
– Sold Out
Nice photo postcard of worker’s living quarters at Big Muddy Oil field Wyoming. Accommodations are modular wood shacks. One outhouse in foreground. In background a string of oil derricks.
Written on negative “Oil Camp ---Muddy Wyo”
Based on the AZO photographic paper used, dates from 1910-1930.
Text on back, Dutch?
Light creases in corners. Some toning on back.
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the card for sale)
The Big Muddy oil field is an oil field in Converse County, Wyoming, between Casper and Glenrock.
After a positive recommendation in 1913 from the U.S. Department of the Interior, a discovery well was drilled in 1916, probably by the Merritt Oil and Gas Company, yielding 26 barrels of oil per day. An oil boom ensued, with oil wasted into the North Platte River through poor preparation. The community of Parkerton was established at the field, with its own train station. The population peaked at 2500 in 1923, but Parkerton was mostly deserted by 1935.