Nation: Life in Oil City, U.S.A.

When Mormon scouts wandered through the Bear River Valley of southwestern Wyoming in the 1840s, they found oil flowing into streams and used it to grease the axles of their wagons. But it was not until 1974, when a deep pool of oil was tapped at Pineview Field outside the small town of Evanston, that the rush began.

Wells now pump oil right out from underneath Main Street, and dozens more dot the surrounding buttes. Cranes lay down sections of pipe across snow and sagebrush that will carry gas from well to processing plants....

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