WOW, have we come a long way when it comes to shooting video.

Today it's easy.

Pretty much everybody carries a modern-day cell phone and videos are shot and posted all day every day by just about everyone.

Even though we are now using digital devices people, for some reason, still refer to it as "filming."

Let's step back to the 1920's when film was brand new.

Coupling film with sound had not yet been invented.

Most people did not have a camera. Buying film, shooting some footage, and developing it was a long hard process.


The film above was made in the late 1920s or early 1930s, this silent movie made by the Burlington Railroad and titled "Petroleum" shows the oil industry in and around Casper, Wyoming including the Salt Creek Field.

The Salt Creek Oil Field around the town of Midwest, Wyo., about 40 miles north of Casper, is still producing oil today and was at one time the largest producing oil field in the world

Out Wyoming Way (1920).

A trip by train and car through Wyoming in the 1920s.

To purchase a clean DVD of this film for personal home use or educational use contact

Today most people just watch it on YouTube, if they even know such a film exists.

The film is old and grainy but it is one of the few that were shot in Wyoming way back then and made it to today's internet.

The Bag - Casper Wyoming 1920's.


The video above was not shot in the 1920's.

But was shot in 2006 in Casper, Wyoming to spoof old silent movies.

Shot in Downtown Casper's Old Yellowstone District. Starring, Matt Mcintosh, Cheralee, Jones, Jimmers Carpin.

Reading The Past - Chugwater Wyoming Newspaper

These pages of the old Chugwter Wyoming newspaper show us coverage of the region from back in the 1940s.

There was little local news, other than the war.

But what was published at the time was important to the people of the area.

It was, in most case, the only news they had from outside their little ranch or town.

Gallery Credit: Glenn Woods

Old Medicine Of The Chugwater Wyoming Drugstore

If you visit the tiny town of Chugwater Wyoming you'll find the newly restored Soda Fountain.

In fact it's Wyoming's oldest soda fountain and malt shot.

It's always worth stopping in for breakfast or lunch, or maybe a shake or malt.

The place was a drug store and soda fountain for the longest time.

Back then soda was actually used to cure an upset stomach.

So what sort of old medicines were left behind by Chugwater's last pharmacist?

It turns out, some of them are on display.

Gallery Credit: Glenn Woods

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