Kemmerer
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Title:Kemmerer
History:The Kemmerer Post Office was established as Hams Fork Post Office on June 14, 1887 in Uinta County prior to the formation of Lincoln County. Its name was changed to Kemmerer Post Office on December 1, 1897. William S. Post was its first postmaster. (Wyoming Post Offices) An important town and incorporated city in Uinta County, on the Oregon Short Line Railroad. Coal mining is the principal industry. A very superior quality of semi-bituminous coal is mined here at the rate of about 3,000 tons per day, giving employment to a large force of men. Kemmerer was located in September, 1897, since which time it has enjoyed a rapid growth, which is by no means at an end. Located on Ham's Fork, a beautiful stream, with good schools, electric lights, water works, fine business blocks and neat homes, Kemmerer is a very desirable place to live and will continue to grow. It is predicted that a new county will be created from the upper part of Uinta County and that Kemmerer will become the county seat. A distributing point and commands a large patronage from ranch and stockmen of the upper Green River Valley extending north for one hundred and fifty miles. (Wyoming State Business Directory, 1910-11) An important incorporated city on the Oregon Short Line Railroad in Lincoln County, the railroad center of a large mining district with a large payroll. Lincoln County has enormous tracts of the best coal lands, and contains one of the greatest stock ranges in the west. Many train loads of sheep and cattle are shipped from Lincoln County each year. Coal mining is the principal industry, a superior quality of semi-bituminous coal being mined here. Kemmerer was located in September, 1897, since which time it has enjoyed a rapid growth, which is by no means at an end. Located on Ham's Fork, a beautiful stream, with elegant schools, several fine churches, two of the best banks in Wyoming, several hotels of the finest, two live newspapers, a planing mill, several large coal mines and many other industries of value and importance. A distributing point and commands a large patronage from ranch and stock men of the upper Green River Valley extending north for one hundred and fifty miles. ... Population 2,000. Altitude 6,964 feet. (Wyoming State Business Directory, 1922) James Cash "JC" Penney founded his chain upon moving to Kemmerer in 1902 as a dry goods store for the booming mining town. The original J.C. Penney store is still a thriving retail outlet known as the "Mother Store." (City of Kemmerer Wyoming. Web. June 15, 2011)
County:Lincoln
Feature Category:Manmade Features
Origin Of Name:Named after M. S. Kemmerer who was a New York capitalist. He became interested in the coal mines and the mines and the town were named after him. (WPA) In 1897, P.J. Quealy, coal inspector for Wyoming, recognized the value of coal veins being opened near Diamondville. He obtained the backing of Mahlon S. Kemmerer of Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania, and organized a mining company here. (Annals of Wyoming 14:3)The Kemmerer Post Office was established as Hams Fork Post Office on June 14, 1887 in Uinta County prior to the formation of Lincoln County. Its name was changed to Kemmerer Post Office on December 1, 1897. William S. Post was its first postmaster. (Wyoming Post Offices) An important town and incorporated city in Uinta County, on the Oregon Short Line Railroad. Coal mining is the principal industry. A very superior quality of semi-bituminous coal is mined here at the rate of about 3,000 tons per day, giving employment to a large force of men. Kemmerer was located in September, 1897, since which time it has enjoyed a rapid growth, which is by no means at an end. Located on Ham's Fork, a beautiful stream, with good schools, electric lights, water works, fine business blocks and neat homes, Kemmerer is a very desirable place to live and will continue to grow. It is predicted that a new county will be created from the upper part of Uinta County and that Kemmerer will become the county seat. A distributing point and commands a large patronage from ranch and stockmen of the upper Green River Valley extending north for one hundred and fifty miles. (Wyoming State Business Directory, 1910-11) An important incorporated city on the Oregon Short Line Railroad in Lincoln County, the railroad center of a large mining district with a large payroll. Lincoln County has enormous tracts of the best coal lands, and contains one of the greatest stock ranges in the west. Many train loads of sheep and cattle are shipped from Lincoln County each year. Coal mining is the principal industry, a superior quality of semi-bituminous coal being mined here. Kemmerer was located in September, 1897, since which time it has enjoyed a rapid growth, which is by no means at an end. Located on Ham's Fork, a beautiful stream, with elegant schools, several fine churches, two of the best banks in Wyoming, several hotels of the finest, two live newspapers, a planing mill, several large coal mines and many other industries of value and importance. A distributing point and commands a large patronage from ranch and stock men of the upper Green River Valley extending north for one hundred and fifty miles. ... Population 2,000. Altitude 6,964 feet. (Wyoming State Business Directory, 1922) James Cash "JC" Penney founded his chain upon moving to Kemmerer in 1902 as a dry goods store for the booming mining town. The original J.C. Penney store is still a thriving retail outlet known as the "Mother Store." (City of Kemmerer Wyoming. Web. June 15, 2011)
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