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Sinclair, Wyoming
Sinclair Oil Refinery (2008)
Sinclair Oil Refinery (2008)
Location of Sinclair in Carbon County, Wyoming.
Location of Sinclair in Carbon County, Wyoming.
Sinclair, Wyoming is located in the United States
Sinclair, Wyoming
Sinclair, Wyoming
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Wyoming
County Carbon
 • Total 2.43 sq mi (6.30 km2)
 • Land 2.43 sq mi (6.30 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
6,588 ft (2,008 m)
 • Total 433
 • Estimate 
 • Density 162.48/sq mi (62.73/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 307
FIPS code 56-71150
GNIS feature ID 1609153
Sinclair Refinery, Sinclair, Wyoming
Sinclair Refinery in 2011

Sinclair is a town in Carbon County, Wyoming, United States.


The town was originally called Parco, after the Producers & Refiners Corporation (or PARCO) which founded the refinery and the company town. It was renamed Sinclair after PARCO was acquired during the Great Depression by Sinclair Consolidated Oil Corporation. The original refinery, located in the center of the town, remains in use to this day. Sinclair's population was 433 at the 2010 census.

The town was built as a planned community in 1924-25, designed by Denver architects Fisher & Fisher in a Spanish Colonial Revival style. The historic center of town was designated the Parco Historic District in 1987.

Just six miles east of Sinclair is the ghost town site of Benton, Wyoming at milepost 672.1 of the Union Pacific Railroad. As the terminal of the railroad at the time, Benton had a colorful three-month history which ended in September 1868 with a visit from Republican presidential candidate Ulysses S. Grant and the departure of the final overland wagon trains on the Mormon Trail headed for the Salt Lake Valley before completion of the railroad the following year.

Three miles east of the Benton site is Fort Fred Steele State Historic Site. The original Ft. Steele was named for American Civil War Union General Frederick Steele and established June 20, 1868 to protect the Union Pacific Railway as it rapidly expanded west. The fort was deactivated August 7, 1886, and most of the buildings at the fort were sold and moved to the settlement which had grown up around the fort and other locations. The small community continued until 1939 when the Lincoln Highway was paved and rerouted to coincide with what later became Interstate 80. In 1940, following the short-lived Supreme Court decision Minersville School District v. Gobitis, residents tarred and feathered the town's Jehovah's Witnesses. The Wyoming State Legislature preserved what remained in 1973 with creation of the state historical site.


Sinclair is located at 41°46′51″N 107°7′1″W / 41.78083°N 107.11694°W / 41.78083; -107.11694 (41.780782, -107.116826).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.43 square miles (6.29 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 727
1940 604 −16.9%
1950 775 28.3%
1960 621 −19.9%
1970 445 −28.3%
1980 586 31.7%
1990 500 −14.7%
2000 423 −15.4%
2010 433 2.4%
2019 (est.) 395 −8.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 433 people, 170 households, and 123 families living in the town. The population density was 178.2 inhabitants per square mile (68.8/km2). There were 198 housing units at an average density of 81.5 per square mile (31.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 94.2% White, 0.7% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 2.1% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.5% of the population.

There were 170 households, of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.7% were married couples living together, 3.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.6% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.95.

The median age in the town was 39.5 years. 24.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.6% were from 25 to 44; 29.9% were from 45 to 64; and 12.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 52.2% male and 47.8% female.


Public education in the town of Sinclair is provided by Carbon County School District #1. Zoned campuses include Rawlins Elementary School (grades K–5), Rawlins Middle School (grades 6–8), and Rawlins High School (grades 9–12).

Sinclair has a public library, a branch of the Carbon County Library System.

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