From the July 22, 1937 News Record
Tourist travel through Gillette is at its height, according to a survey made yesterday by D.C. Wilhelm, proprietor of a local service station. Mr. Wilhelm reported that about 675 tourist automobiles are passing through Gillette daily. This number of automobiles represents approximately 1,700 people passing through here every 24 hours. How many of these stop has not been determined, but when one considers the fact that Gillette is 115 miles from Spearfish, and about the same number of miles from Sheridan, it is only reasonable to expect that a large number of them to tarry here for a few moments at least.
From the July 10, 1947 News Record
Mr. and Mrs. Howard W. Spellman of Reno, Nev., were three-day guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard J. Spellman of Spotted Horse. Howard W. Spellman is the father of Howard J. Spellman. This was their first meeting in 30 years. Monday was spent in Gillette where the father renewed a few old acquaintances of over 30 years. When they left, Howard (better known as Jim) said with a smile, “Well, Dad, don’t wait 30 years to come back.” The father replied, “I won’t for if I do I don’t think I’ll ever come back.”
From the July 19, 1973 News Record
Gillette residents are beginning to feel the effects of the gasoline crisis. Although some local service stations have been shutting their doors early or closing for one day a week, a fill-up at the gas pump has not been hard to find. Residents, tourists, traveling businessmen and truck drivers may see that change. The two local Conoco service stations received their first gasoline allotment cuts last week and were forced to close their doors last Sunday for lack of fuel. Their rationing comes with reports that the Conoco refinery in Billings, Mont., has cut all Wyoming deliveries by one-third so more fuel can be sent tot he Denver area. The Gulf Service Center here began limiting pump sales last week to 10 gallons and effective last Monday are open only 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The New Husky station received its first fuel allotment cut this month. Manager Jim Bays said, “We have been pretty fortunate so far,” and the station is still open on a 24-hour basis.