Counties > Campbell County

Gillette, Wyoming began when three men filed homestead rights in Rockpile Draw. The new railroad crossed these homesteads, so the Lincoln Land   Livestock Company bought them. In July, 1891, the Livestock Company planned the town of Gillette and sold lots. The town grew with the arrival of the railroad in August of that same year. The city of Gillette was named after Edward Gillette because his survey saved the railroad money. Starting in 1909, small mines were built around the county. The first major coal mine in Campbell County was Wyodak, east of Gillette. The first oil exploration began in the 1940's.

Wright, Wyoming is located in the heart of the Powder River Basin. It sits 36 miles south of Gillette on State Highway 59 and 387 West. Wright was established in 1976 as a company town by Atlantic Richfield and developed through an agreement between a community development group and the corporation's Black Thunder Mine.

Campbell County residents and visitors find the sight of coal trains common. "On average, 70 – 80 unit trains leave the Powder River Basin every day." states the 2008 Concise Guide to Wyoming Coal. The top ten producing mines in the country are all located in Wyoming's Powder River Basin, and Wyoming led the nation in coal production for the 21st consecutive year in 2007.

Time Zone: Mountain/ Area Code: 307

Proximity to Major Cities/ Recreation Areas in Miles

  Gillette Wright
Cheyenne, WY 244 206
Chicago, IL 1,049 1,086
Dallas, TX 1,126 1,089
Denver, CO 342 305
Devils Tower 60 98
Salt Lake City, UT 532 495
Phoenix, AZ 1262 1213
Big Horn Nat'l Forest, WY 70 107
Keyhole State Park, WY 35 72
Yellowstone Nat'l Park, WY 301 281