The economy of Baker has fluctuated up and down throughout the years due to whether or not its oilfields are thriving.
When Baker found natural gas in 1915 the town started to grow rapidly, but by the 1960-1970s, oil production in the county made the population “Boom” to an increase of 4,000 people throughout the county.
Recently the EPEDC Downtown Development Specialist, Melissa Higbee, reached out to the oilfield services in Fallon County to check on how their businesses were doing with the state of the economy. A few oilfield services expressed their concerns about their industry not being appreciated by the community. With this knowledge, the EPEDC team collaborated on ideas how to show support and appreciation to our oilfield services. The oilfield has impacted our community in many positive ways; such as keeping the community thriving with workers who have moved into the area permanently or even for a little while. These workers bring revenue to our local businesses which increases our local economy. The EPEDC team decided to reach out to downtown businesses and other service businesses to see if there would be any interest in contributing to the purchase and installation of a couple of banners to be placed downtown for an appreciation of our Oilfield Services and Workers. The businesses were glad to help with this project to support and appreciate our oilfield services in the community. Individual community members also gave toward this project. The community is giving back support and appreciation for all the years the oilfield has supported them.