The Campbell County Rockpile Museum is pleased to announce the opening of a traveling exhibit from the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming titled “Please Give Us One More Boom”: Oil and Gas in Wyoming.
Boom and bust in Wyoming’s oil and gas industry is the theme of the exhibit, which explores the industry’s history in Wyoming, from its time as a side note to agriculture to its growing prominence as the Cowboy State’s primary revenue generator. Personal viewpoints from participants in Wyoming’s long and intimate relationship with energy development are featured throughout. The exhibit spans the 1920s Salt Creek oil boom with its forest of wooden derricks dotting the Natrona County landscape, ending with the bust of the Great Depression, to the use of modern horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing techniques to release Sublette County’s natural gas, leading to an early 21st century boom followed by economic recession. The exhibit also includes oral history videos collected by the American Heritage Center during eastern Wyoming’s Niobrara Oil Play in the last few years.
Visit the museum before February 28th to see this great display about the oil and gas industry in Wyoming. For additional information about the exhibit or the Rockpile Museum, please call CCRM at (307) 682-5723 or visit www.rockpilemuseum.com.