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The Big Piney Oil and Gas Company Derrick
The top section of the old Big Piney Oil and Gas Company derrick was moved from the gas field between Big Piney and LaBarge to Norris Park at the East end of town July 27, 2000, as a tribute to the contributions made by the oil and gas industry to the community.  The old production derrick was brought to the area in August of 1955 from Casper and set up piece by piece by Jim Osborn and Clarence Needham with the help of derrick builders from Thermopolis.  A wood platform floor was built on a base then the men stood on the platform and attached corners and braces, moving long planks up to the next level to repeat the process.  It took about three days for the crew to set the derrick up then Clarence and Jim worked a month or so building catwalks, the beaver slide, and pipe racks on both sides, all made out of wood that they had sawed buy hand.  They also set the drawworks and motors. 
Board member Barbara McKinley was in charge of this project.  The Museum received a grant from Mobile, cash donations from Stu and Barbara McKinley and McMurry Oil Company, and assistance and coordination by EOG Resources.
     This information was came from an article written by Helena Linn for the Sublette County Journal.