From the July 10, 1937 News Record
With the eyes of the oil industry watching the potential development of the Powder River Basin of which Campbell County lies well in the center, much oil leasing and preparation work is in progress, although only one test well has been started by the Powder River Oil and Gas Company. An interesting map of the United States was made by James Smithson, founder of the Smithsonian Institute in 1862 with a line extending from Canada through Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and east Texas to the Gulf of Mexico and along the west coast through Washington, Oregon and California, where according to his studies, oil might be found. It is said that more oil has been produced in the strip of territory which was included on the map from Canada to the Gulf than anywhere else. The Powder River Basin structure is very close to the theoretically heavy oil producing region as marked on the Smithson map which has proved true over a wide area.
From the July 25, 1946 News Record
Highly commendable operating practices and conditions again were reported by a federal coal mine inspector, following a routine inspection of the Wyodak Coal and Manufacturing company’s holdings here, the bureau of mines announced. The mine, a strip operation, employed 39 men when it was re-inspected in April by Inspector E.L. Christensen. Noting with approval the careful and competent handling of pit and haulage equipment, and the continued efforts to avoid accidents in the surface plant and pit, Christensen offered relatively few safety suggestions for the mine, fire protection about the mine is adequate. Safe blasting practices still are in vogue, and electrical and mechanical equipment is installed in an approved manner, he said.
From the July 18, 1968 News Record
The hill between Interstate 90 and the north edge of Moorcroft will be trimmed to allow highway travelers to see more of the town. Mayor Bill Hughes said a ground moving contractor started cutting down the obstruction ridge last week. Approximately nine feet will be shaved off the ridge for a distance of 300 yards. Hughes said I-90 travelers will then be able to see what Moorcroft has to offer. He said, also, the Wyoming Highway Department will erect some large signs and lights in the near future in an effort to bring more travelers into Moorcroft since I-90 is bypassing the town.