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Conrad Refining Company Oil Refinery, Montana Secondary Highway 219, 1.6 miles southwest, Conrad, Pondera County, MT



B&W Photos

HB751814
BWPhotos 198055

HB751815
BWPhotos 198056


Item Title
BWPhotos 198056

Location
1.6 miles southwest, Conrad%252Bvicinity, MT

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MT-109
Building/structure dates: 1928 initial construction
Significance: The Conrad Refining Company Oil Refinery is significant for its important association with Montana's initial oil boom of the 1920s and early 1930s. This era saw the opening and commercial development of numerous oil fields in central and northern Montana as well as the establishment of some twenty refineries. The Conrad Refining Company Oil Refinery ranks as one of these early refineries, constructed in 1928-1929 to handle crude oil production from the newly-discovered Pondera Field. In common with most of its counterparts in the industry, the refinery at Conrad was a comparatively small facility built specially to meet local demands for gasoline, tractor fuel, and other petroleum products. While none of the refining structures and equipment remain, the Conrad Refining Company Oil Refinery retains a good cross-section of support facilities typical to a small refining complex of the era between the two World Wars. These include an office and warehouse building, laboratory, boiler house, and outhouse. Each of these buildings is highly reflective of the design, materials and construction technologies common to the period.

Subjects
Refineries


Related Names
Hager, Kristi, Photographer
McCormick, Mary, Historian


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

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