Big Piney
Marbleton Photos

From Wyoming Tales and Trails

This Page: Sublette County continued from previous page, Big Piney and Marbleton.

Big Horn Basin Black Hills Bone Wars Brands Buffalo Cambria Casper Cattle Drives Centennial Cheyenne Chugwater Coal Camps Cody Deadwood Stage Douglas Dubois Encampment Evanston Ft. Bridger Ft. Fetterman Ft. Laramie Frontier Days Ghost Towns Gillette G. River F. V. Hayden Tom Horn Jackson Johnson County War Kemmerer Lander Laramie Lincoln Highway Lusk Meeteetse Medicine Bow N. Platte Valley Overland Stage Photos V Rawlins Rock Springs Rudefeha Mine Sheepherding Sheridan Sherman Shoshoni Superior Thermopolis USS Wyoming Wheatland Wild Bunch Yellowstone

Table of Contents
About This Site

Big Piney Congregational Community Church, approx. 1915.

The church was organized in 1907 with 15 members. Previously, the closest church was about 75 miles miles away. The church shared a pastor, the Reverend Daniel D. Reese, with a church formed about the same time in Pinedale. The result was that the Reverend Reese had responsibily for a parish larger in area than the state of Massachusetts. He thus travelled on horse back from ranch to ranch over roads that were abysmal via horseback.

The Reverend D. D. Reese, 1915.

In 1912, plans for the construction of a church building got under way with the church being legally incorporated. At about the same time the Reverend Reese permanently divided the parish with a different minister replacing him in Pinedale. The new church building was dedicated on August 29, 1915, with an average congregation of about thirty-seven and a Sunday-school of sixty.

Marbleton, 1941.

Marbleton, located about one mile north of Big Piney, was founded by Charles P. Budd (1873-1949), the eldest son of Dan Budd. Big Piney had difficulties because when water was high, the soil became soggy. It was therefore hoped that Marbleton would make a better location. Marbleton obtained its own post office in 1911 with the town being named after Arthur H. Marble (1870-1945), President of the Stockgrowers National Bank of Cheyenne. In 1912, the Bank of Marbleton was formed. In addition to the bank, Charles Budd constructed a store and hotel. In 1914, The town was incorporated as a municipality.

Marbleton, 1941.

In the aove-photo, the bank is the one-story building on the left of the two-story store building with the hotel to its right. The store building had a hall on the second story with hardwood floor suitable for dancing and roller skating. The hotel had a dining room, lobby, and living quarters for the manager downstairs. Upstairs, the rooms were equipped with basins and chamber pots. Later a bathroom was added.

During his lifetime, Charles Budd's dream of his town exceeding in population that of Big Piney faded. While the town started out with a population in 1920 of 89. Budd hoped that with oil exploration in 1917, the town would see growth. The initial oil boom failed. In the late 1930's more oil exploration brought hope to the Big Piney area. By 1948, Marbleton's population reached its nadir with a total population of 15. In the 1950 census, Big Piney had a population of 206 in contrast to Marbleton's population of 20. During the late 1950's, however, a new oil and gas boom came. By 1960, Big Piney achieved a total population of 663 and Marbleton began to show some growth. Since then Marbleton has shown continued growth while its rival, Big Piney has slowly declined in population. The 2000 census reflects that Marbleton now has outstripped Big Piney 720 to 408.

Big Piney, 1970.

Music this page: Among the Pines.

Next Page: The Big Horn Basin, Greybull.