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There are only two buildings on the 4.6-acre site that still have their roofs intact; these would be what was probably the one of the main control buildings for the refinery, (later used as the pilot plant for United States Yttrium); the building on the east side was probably a control building for the Standard Oil of Indiana operations. These assertions are nothing more than an educated guess, I have been unable to locate any of the original plans or any information about the original lay out of the site.

Control Room, (pilot plant), and Telegraph Buildings, highlighted. (Courtesy LRCD)

Control Room, (pilot plant), and Standard Oil Control Building, highlighted. (Courtesy LRCD)

A number of truck beds from industrial trucks have been found all over the site, the image below is an example of the type of truck that would have been in use during the time the refinery would have been in operation; specifically during the last few years.

Although this truck may be "newer" than 1920, (1929 or 1930), this is an example of the type of truck that would have been in use for industrial purposes. (Truck courtesy of Dr. David Evertson, D.V.M. - Alpine Animal Hospital)

(Truck courtesy of Dr. David Evertson, D.V.M. – Alpine Animal Hospital)

A view of the telegraph office.

A view of the Standard Oil of Indiana control building, (speculation).

Given its size, (24′ x 10′), its physical layout, (two 3′ x 3′ window bays facing east),  the proximity to all other buildings on the site – including an outhouse, this was probably used as a control building.

Telegraph office, looking north. Debris in foreground are 1920's flat truck beds.

Standard Oil of Indiana control building, looking north. Debris in foreground are 1920’s flat truck beds.

Telegraph Office 4

The wooden frame in the foreground is a flatbed from an industrial truck that would have been quite common prior to World War Two.

There are no windows on the west side of this reinforced building. This further leads to the speculation that this was the telegraph office.

There are no windows on the west side of this reinforced building. This further leads to the speculation that this was a building intended for operations.

Chevron oil drum near telegraph office.

Chevron grease can near the Standard Oil of Indiana control building.

A mural inside of the telegraph office.

A mural inside of the Standard Oil of Indiana control building.

Telegraph office mural - detail.

Standard Oil of Indiana control building mural – detail.

An oil drum leaks its remaining contents east of the telegraph office.

An oil drum leaks its remaining contents east of the Standard Oil of Indiana control building.

The other building with its roof intact is the control building, which was later used as the pilot plant for U.S. Yttrium in 1955 and 1956 until the new building was constructed and completed in December of 1956. In this detail taken from a large panoramic image, (circa 1920), the control building is in the center of the image. Cedar Street would be located in between the hopper car and the tanker car. This image was probably made in 1920, (it’s listed as undated), both of the production lines are yet to be constructed, as is the south western still bank.

Undated image from the Ludwig-Svenson Collection,(digital archive), American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Undated image from the Ludwig-Svenson Studio Collection,(digital archive), American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

The control building was initially used for the refinery operations through 1932. It was used as the pilot plant for the United States Yttrium Company starting in 1955. When I first started working on this project, there was a transient who was using this building to spend his nights in. He moved on after a couple of weeks.

This image was made one evening this past summer during when the forest west of town was ablaze.

This image was made one evening this past summer during when the forest west of town was ablaze.

The east-north-east wall of the control room.

The east-north-east wall of the control room.

The east-center wall of the control room.

The east-center wall of the control room.

The east-south-east corner of the control room - detail.

The east-south-east corner of the control room – detail.

The view looking south inside the control room.

The view looking south inside the control room.

Detail of left side of south wall of the control room.

Detail of left side of south wall of the control room.

Detail of right side of south wall of control room.

Detail of right side of south wall of control room.

The west-south-west wall of the control room.

The west-south-west wall of the control room.

Detail of the west-south-west corner of the control room.

Detail of the west-south-west corner of the control room.

The building behind the control room had a wooden floor that has since been burned away.

The building behind the control room had a wooden floor that has since been burned away.

A different view of the pit.

Detail of the area behind the control building.

The east side of the control building.

The east side of the control building.

Posted December 29, 2012 by docthissen

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