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The way it was: Butter shipments
Jun 24, 2012 - From staff reports
Fremont County once was among Wyoming's largest dairy farming regions, with a half dozen farms whose primary focus was dairy products, and two dozen more that offered some dairy products for commercial sale or trade.
In February 1939, enough interest was shown to launch the Fremont County Co-op Creamery, located in Hudson. Both Riverton and Lander had good-sized privately owned creameries as well, and the co-op facility was intended to improve business prospects for the smaller dairy operations. A five-man board of directors was elected, with Robert Burdick hired as creamery manager.
The new co-op made a splash almost immediately, securing a major butter contract with Challenge Creamery of Los Angeles, which ordered 10,000 pounds of fresh butter from the local co-op.
The locals came through as promised, producing 10,132 pounds of butter. Hayes Transportation of Lander was tapped to make haul from Hudson to Casper in an insulated, ice-packed trailer, and the butter was shipped by a refrigerated truck to Salt Lake City for rail transport to Los Angeles.
Price of the sale, to be shared with co-op members: $2,200
Photo: Its trailer packed with ice, this truck from Hayes Transportation Co. of Lander received a load of 10,000 pounds of butter from the Fremont County Co-op Creamery, pictured on June 15. 1939.