Casper, WY Refinery Tank Fire, Jun 1921


CASPER, Wyo., June 21.---(AP)---After burning steadily for 48 hours the fire which was started Friday when a bolt of lightning struck a big oil tank on the Midwest Refining company's tank farm, finally was extinguished Monday night. According to an estimate given out at the company's offices today the loss will amount to $874,700 which does not include $23,000 estimated expense in fighting the flames for two days. About three hundred sixty thousand barrels of oil were consumed by the fire, officials of the company announced.

The Bellingham Herald, Bellingham, WA 21 Jun 1921


Casper WY Oil Refinery Fire Jun 1921

My Great Uncle Hugh McGee (wife Mary) had a drugstore in Casper, Wyoming, and his sister Violet Castleman also lived there for awhile. Another great-aunt lived there - Julia Bunyan Wilson and her husband Charles Alvin Wilson was a minister, but I don't know at which church in Casper.

I have a couple of pictures of the tanks on fire if someone wants to contact me at laura@browntroutlane.com, I'll email them.