SINCLAIR, WYOMING is just off the interstate and home to the oil company that has a dinosaur in its corporate logo. The concept came from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair when they sponsored an exhibit to connect petroleum products with the age of dinosaurs, and the large animated creature became so popular it inspired a promotion of dinosaurs at Sinclair gas stations and eventually into their green brontosaurus logo. This clever connection captured the country's imagination, and life-size models of the mascot still exist today.
The Sinclair refinery here produces 85,000 barrels of Canadian and U.S. crude oil daily. It opened in 1924 and remains among the largest in the Rocky Mountain region, producing propane, gasoline, and diesel fuels to customers throughout the west. It's another sign I've discovered during my cross-country journey, of the abundant resources that companies are "liberating" for our benefit.
The small community of Sinclair has the unmistakable appearance of a "company town" dedicated to just one thing -- oil production. During a walk down its narrow streets I found an abundance of trucks, trailers, boats, recreation vehicles, campers, and off road vehicles in every garage and driveway. It seemed like each family was ready to leave town on vacation at any opportunity... As soon as their work shift is over.
Week 15, Miles 1068