Jim Bridger Power Plant

The Jim Bridger Power Plant in southwest Wyoming. Andrew Graham/WyoFile

POINT OF ROCKS — Around 700 workers pass daily through this blink-and-you-miss-it town in southwestern Wyoming heading to shifts in the Jim Bridger Plant, the Bridger Coal Company strip mine and the state's only underground coal mine. They come to dig and burn coal that has helped power the nation for decades.

The Point Bar behind the Conoco gas station fills with miners, engineers and camaraderie at the end of shifts before workers head home to Rock Springs or smaller nearby communities like Superior. It is one of many businesses dependent on the facility and its workers.

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