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Clay Spur Bentonite Plant & Camp, Clay Spur Siding on Burlington Northern Railroad, Osage, Weston County, WY



B&W Photos

HB1304144
Distant View Of Plant And Camp, Looking West-northwest

HB1304145
View Showing North End Of Camp, West Side Of Street, Looking Northwest

HB1304146
View Of Baroid Sign Located South Of Office (see Wy-23-j), Looking West


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Item Title


Location
Clay Spur Siding on Burlington Northern Railroad, Osage vicinity, WY

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER WY-23
Building/structure dates: 1928 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1932 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1932 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1975
Significance: The Clay Spur Bentonite Plant and Camp is associated with the early 20th century bentonite mining industry in Wyoming and the United States. It was one of the first bentonite processing plants built in the Clay Spur Bentonite District of Wyoming. Wyoming has consistently been among the top producers of the highest quality bentonite in the United States. The Clay Spur District was the center of the pioneer Wyoming bentonite industry and remained the premier Wyoming producing district until reserves began to dwindle in the 1950s. The plant also embodies the distinctive engineering technology of the bentonite industry. It is still possible to trace the milling process due to the machinery still in place. The associated company camp also reflects early twentieth century company town architecture with simple buildings and floor plans that could be quickly and cheaply constructed and adapted to many different uses.

Subjects
Processing Plants
Work Camps


Related Names
Mondell, Frank
Silica Products Company


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. DISTANT VIEW OF PLANT AND CAMP, LOOKING WEST-NORTHWEST
2. VIEW SHOWING NORTH END OF CAMP, WEST SIDE OF STREET, LOOKING NORTHWEST
3. VIEW OF BAROID SIGN LOCATED SOUTH OF OFFICE (see WY-23-J), LOOKING WEST


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