Teapot Dome (Naval Petroleum Reserve): Watergate of The 1920s
How to find it: Just north of the New Lavoye townsite and about eleven miles from the junction of I-25 and Route 259, a signed blacktop road diverges from the highway and heads east-northeast to Teapot Dome. About one-tenth of a mile down this road, good remnants of the old Salt Creek highway are visible to the north. Continue northeast then southeast along the signed roads to the oil field. Headquarters are located about four miles from the highway, and visitors are permitted to ride through the field on the main roads. However, off-road exploration requires visitors to sign in at the Safety and Environmental Offices. (Teapot Dome is located roughly in the south half of T39N-R78W and the north half of T38N-R78W.)

Oil DerekAbout the site: This oil reserve, originally known as Irish Park, was set aside by President Wilson in 1915 for the Navy, which was in the process of converting the power for its ships from coal to oil. Teapot Dome became the subject of a nationwide scandal when President Harding's Secretary of the Interior, Albert B. Fall, was forced to resign for accepting bribes from oilmen Edward Doheny and Harry Sinclair when he leased the federal reserves. The story broke in April 1922, with Denver Post headlines proclaiming "Teapot Dome leases to Sinclair threatens Wyoming oil scandal." in August, the Marines were called in to peacefully settle a dispute among the Mutual Oil Company, the Department of the Interior, and Harry Sinclair.