Casper, Wyoming

Casper is located in the central-eastern part in the state of Wyoming.

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Casper is the second largest city in the state of Wyoming with a population of 55,316 residents (2010).

About Casper

The Oil City. The City of Casper has a long history of oil and cowboy culture. Today the city has a vibrant mix of western traditions and outdoor recreation options. They have 42 parks, the Hogadon Ski Area, and the Casper Events Center, which is the largest indoor venue in Wyoming. The city is the financial center for a vast region of Wyoming.

To See And To Do In Casper

Nicolaysen Art Museum

The Casper Events Center

Fort Caspar Museum

Eastridge Mall



Tate Geological Museum

Werner Wildlife Museum

Casper Planetarium

National Historic Trails Center

History Of Casper

In 1847, the Mormons established a ferry across Platte River. Several ferries offered passage across the North Platte River. In 1859, a bridge and trading post was built. Fort Caspar, named after Lt. Caspar Collins, was also built that year. It was a military post of the United States Army. In 1865, Lt. Caspar Collins was killed near the Fort Caspar by Indians. In 1867, the United States Army abandoned Fort Caspar. In 1888, the village was founded and the newspaper, the Casper Weekly Mail, was published. In 1889, Casper was incorporated as a town. In 1891, the newspaper, the Casper Star-Tribune, was founded. In 1895, the first oil refinery was built.

In 1902, the town had telephones. In 1905, a library opened. In 1910, the town boomed with the booming oil and refining businesses. Workers now came from Europe and from other parts of the world. In 1911, a hospital opened. In 1912, the first paid firefighter was hired. In 1918, the first gasoline pipeline began operation from Salt Creek to Casper. In 1922, Texaco built a refinery. In 1924, the new Natrona County High School opened. In 1940, the present county building was constructed. In 1945, Casper College was established. In 1951, First Southern Baptist Church was formed. In 1959, US Vice-President under George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, graduated from Natrona County high School. In 1963, a school for deaf students was constructed. In 1982, the Casper Events Center was built.

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