Historic Photographs

Home

Search

Subject Browse
Browse by Subject >>

State/City Browse
Alaska
Alabama
Arkansas
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
District of Columbia
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Iowa
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Massachusetts
Maryland
Maine
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Mississippi
Montana
North Carolina
North Dakota
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
Nevada
New York
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Vermont
Washington
Wisconsin
West Virginia
Wyoming

Home > Wyoming > Osage vicinity > Clay Spur Bentonite Plant & Camp, Water Tower, Clay Spur Siding on Burlington Northern Railroad, Osage, Weston County, WY



B&W Photos
View Showing South And East Sides Of Water Storage Tower
HB1304245
View Showing South And East Sides Of Water Storage Tower
View Showing East And North Sides Of Water Storage Tower
HB1304246
View Showing East And North Sides Of Water Storage Tower


Data Pages


Photo Caption Pages


Item Title


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

Find maps of Osage, WY


Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER WY-23-C
Significance: The Clay Spur Bentonite Plant and Camp is associated with the early 20th century bentonite mining industry in Wyoming and the United States. The Clay Spur Bentonite 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 embodies the distinctive engineering technology of the bentonite industry. The 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. The water storage tower is wood frame with a 19-foot square base consisting of a tapered wood frame enclosure covered with corrugated metal sheeting. A hexagonal-shaped wooden deck is built on top of the base about twenty feet above the ground. A large metal water tank, nine feet in diameter and about ten feet high, rests on the platform. There is a metal ladder leading to the deck and to the top of the water tank. There are wooden railings around the platform. A door on the south elevation of the base leads to the interior of the tower. The interior is empty except for the central pipes leading from the well up to the storage tank. There is a wooden rail fence, 16 feet east-west by 21 feet north-south, around the front of the water tower. Early photographs indicate that the water tank has been modified and may have originally been made of wood. It was constructed between 1930 and 1934.

Subjects
Water Towers
Wooden Buildings


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. VIEW SHOWING SOUTH AND EAST SIDES OF WATER STORAGE TOWER
2. VIEW SHOWING EAST AND NORTH SIDES OF WATER STORAGE TOWER


Back to Osage vicinity, Wyoming