The People

Table Rock Village was populated during its short lifetime by a diverse group of people. Many were young parents, drawn by the financial advantages. Others transferred in on promotions from positions elsewhere in the country. No single trait made up the kind of person that chose to live and work in the area. The diversity was very much a part of what made life in the Village rewarding.

With more than 50 employees from different walks of life and their families, there was no lack of tutoring available for nearly any pursuit. This applied as much to the adults as the children; we shared our cultures, our education and our talents. We pooled our efforts to create the best possible lifestyle for our families. We helped our neighbors, we shared good times and we supported each other through rough times.

For all the diversity, the Village residents had many attributes in common. The isolation, weather extremes and even the social lifestyle called for a certain mindset, a lot of stamina and often incredible patience. The people of Table Rock made the most of their community, their jobs and their surroundings.

Although we’ve all moved on in one way or another, Village life is an important part of who we are today. If you’re an ex-Table Rocker, check out the Reconnect page.

17 comments


  1. Samantha

    Definitely dont miss living there but was born and am proud to see my daddy is still runnin the plant a great man and deserves to be where he is. And am happy to see all of the guys I grew up around still there!

  2. Dana

    Hello, Lynn and thanks for stopping by. If you use the menu on the top of these pages, you’ll find an overview of what Table Rock was and is. That’s what this site is for. 🙂

  3. Jim Madden

    I do miss living and working there. Great place except that it always snowed sideways at 60 mph. And you had to shovel your driveway 3 or 4 times for each storm…go to Rock Springs once every two weeks. Miss the Fanscher’s, the Littles, the Hamners, and some others that I can’t remember the names.

  4. Jim Madden

    Sara Heki… Your husband Aaron Was a coworker often you guys were from Idaho…say hi to everyone…

  5. Jim Madden

    Oops… Aaron Heki was your father. Any how I worked with your dad.

  6. Jim Madden

    Thought of the Chemists name. Randy (Terry his wife) Stodgill.Trrry played piano for us at the Wamsutter Bsptist Church .Randy fixed up old Chevy’s.
    Remembered a very funny incident with Charlie and Janie Hamner at a get together at the Rec Center. It was a pot luck dinner probably around Christmas . All the food was spread out and I was walking through the line with Charlie Hamner.. I got to a plate of Chicken that no one in front of us had touched and I said to Charlie, “look someone forgot to cook that chicken” (it looked raw)… Charlie responded ” My wife made that.” So now what do I do after I insult the bosses wife’s chicken… I take some of course….I am sure Janie Hamner is an excellent cook, but I don’t think that chicken ever got close enough to a fire to be done…..

  7. Tony Mattiaccio

    Hi Table-Rockers of the past and always,
    During the summer of 1967 I was traveling throughout the USA and spending much
    time on beloved Route 66. On my travels I happened upon Table Rock, Wyo and was drawn to it immediately, with its western hosipitality, remoteness, landscape,
    and haunting openness to the American traveler. There was a little diner I stopped in which had signs over the bathroom doors, “Roosters” and “Hens.” I was warmed by that and everything else about the area. Does anyone recall the name of that diner? God Bless all of you. Tony M., an extensive traveler of the open roads of America (once upon a time). Thanks for any reply.

    • Dana

      Tony, I have to agree with Kevin on this one. Not only is Table Rock hundreds of miles north of Route 66, The plant and village weren’t built until the late 1970’s. As Kevin mentioned, there was no diner in the village, although there was a small gas station and bar at the exit.

      • Dwight Panter

        Route 66 is way far from here…but the original Lincoln Highway passed right along the frontage road of the bar. This was the first continental highway coast to coast. I still wear a hat pen given to me by a lady who was writing a book of its route. Highway 1…Peace

  8. Kevin Hardesty

    Tony,
    I’m pretty sure Table Rock Wyoming is a least 2 states from Route 66?? And no Diner at Table Rock.

  9. Nicholas Waldner

    I was born there my father loved his job and the housing made it easy for him to spend time with us. I remember me and my little sister riding our bikes to the gas station and when dad wasn’t at work we spent a great deal of time exploring the desert that has taught me so much over the years. Table Rock will always be my hometown.

  10. Jim Madden

    There is a Table Rock Missouri off Rte 40 .i think…
    Also I think that there is a Table Rock, AZ..but I don’t know where that one is located…

  11. Tony Mattiaccio

    Hi Dana, Kevin, Dwight and all Table_Rockers, Thanks for your quick replies to my posting about what I thought was a Table Rock experience I had in 1967. I now realize the town wasn’t established until the late 70’s thanks to you. I didn’t mean to imply that Route 66 was anywhere near the area, only that I had traveled extensively on it. I had also spent time on Route 80 through Sweetwater County and recall Rock Springs, Tipton, Blairtown, and Warmsutter in beautiful Wyoming.
    I don’t know how I confused Table Rock with any of those areas, but I did. Wow, that was 47 years ago. I also recall the Union Pacific RR running through that region. Is that correct? When I happened upon that small diner with the bathroom signs “Roosters” and “Hens” my funny bone was really tickled and in general I felt very welcome in Sweetwater County. The name Red Desert Basin also sticks out in my mind. Does that mean anything to you? Anyway, just reading your comments and recalling my Wyoming experiences makes me wish I could have been a part of the Table Rock community – it sounds so special. By the way, do any of you know any diner in that part of the county that had bathroom signs like the ones I’ve mentioned? It’s driving my curiosity wild to discover where In Sweetwater I had actually seen those signs. Either way, thanks for your acknowledgements. Long live Table Rock. Tony M. Connecticut (originally from NYC).

    • Dana

      Hi again, Tony.

      Thanks for the clarification. I think most anyone who lived in the village would agree that it was a very special place.

      In regard to the diner with the “fowl” restroom signs, I personally don’t recall seeing them in any of the restaurants in the area, but that doesn’t mean the diner in question might not have been there. In fact, there’s been some discussion in our Facebook group and it seems that 1) The station at the Table Rock exit was originally in a location north and east of where it is now, where there is a tree we dubbed “Table Rock National Forest” and 2) There may have been restaurant service there at some point.

      Hopefully, more Table Rockers will weigh in with information at some point. I, for one, will try to pass on anything I manage to find out about the diner you remember. Meanwhile, all the best to you and thank you for the kind words about the village. It’s gone, but will never be forgotten.

  12. Doug Pelton

    I remember Tablerock well , having lived there an in Wamsutter for over five years. Many memories of the plant and pipeline. I am still with CIG as a Corrosion Tech on the new Ruby pipeline. But I will never forget about Tablerock Village or the people during those years.

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