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Teapot Rock
Teapot Rock in 2017, from the west.
Teapot Rock is located in Wyoming
Teapot Rock
Location in Wyoming
Teapot Rock is located in the United States
Teapot Rock
Location in the United States
Location Natrona County, Wyoming, USA
Nearest city Midwest, Wyoming
Built 1922
NRHP reference No. 74002028
Added to NRHP December 30, 1974

Teapot Rock is a rock formation in Natrona County, Wyoming. A nearby oil field is named after the rock. The oil field was the focus of a bribery scandal during the administration of Warren G. Harding, the Teapot Dome scandal. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

The eroded sandstone formation is 75 feet (23 m) tall and is about 300 feet (91 m) in circumference. It is a few hundred yards east of Wyoming Highway 259, about 19 miles (31 km) north of Casper, Wyoming in the Powder River Basin near Teapot Creek.

The outline of the rock once resembled a teapot and gave its name to several man-made and natural features, including a geologic structural uplift known as the Teapot Dome, and an oil field about 6 miles (9.7 km) east.

In 1915, U.S. Navy was converting its ships to oil-fired boilers. The Navy bought the Teapot Dome Oil Field. It was called "Naval Petroleum Reserve Number Three" as part of a program to ensure that the Navy would have sufficient fuel reserves in an emergency. It was one of several related fields in the area, the largest of which was the Salt Creek Oil Field. By comparison with the Salt Creek Field's peak production of 35,301,608 barrels (5,612,507.2 m3) of 1923, the Teapot Dome field had about 64 wells, with few producing more than 150 barrels per day (24 m3/d).

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