Ogden Origin of the Continental Oil Company

1976 Exhibit Brochure
In 1875 the Continental Oil Company began in Ogden, Utah by selling kerosene and seeking permission to construct an oil depot near the railroad tracks.

2023 Exhibit Guide
Founded in Ogden, Utah, in 1875, Continental Oil and Transportation used horse-drawn wagons to distribute kerosene, oil, coal, and other goods throughout Utah and the western United States. Its founder, Isaac E. Blake discovered that he could transport products in bulk by rail from the east and sell them cheaper than similar products coming from Colorado.
The Continental Oil company was a major part of Ogden’s economy and once controlled 98% of the oil market in the western United States. It underwent several acquisitions and relocations from 1875 to 1929 before officially being rebranded as Conoco Corporated.

Ken Baxter (1948-living)

Ken Baxter grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah where he expressed an interest in art from an early age. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Utah, Baxter became a high school art educator for a brief period while he pursued a Master of Fine Arts degree from Utah State University.
Eventually, Baxter left teaching to pursue a career as a full-time artist. Baxter’s favorite approach to painting is the “plein-air” technique, which is the practice of painting outdoors within a landscape. Baxter has painted scenery backdrops for Ballet West productions, and his work has appeared in many national and international publications and exhibits, placing over 1500 paintings in various collections.


  • “Bicentennial Historical Art Collection.” 1976 Exhibition Brochure, Special Collections, Weber State University.
  • Eyes Toward the Past. DVD.
  • Karras, Marilyn. “Industry Got Healthy Start Here”. The Ogden Standard Examiner, 26 Sep. 1976, Sun., page 19.

Copyright owned by Weber State University Storytelling Festival. All rights reserved. Painting shown by Kaysville – Fruit Heights Museum with permission. Painting number 21 in the 2023 exhibit guide.