Casper is named after a 20 year old
cavalry lieutenant, Caspar Collins, who was tortured and killed by
Indians. A fort, built before and located near the eventual town of
Casper, was named Fort Caspar in his honor. Yes, the two are spelled
different. Why I have no idea. The town of Casper was founded in 1888,
when Joseph Carey designated part of his ranch as the town site.
is Center Street in Casper in the 1960s. We're looking South - the
tracks are running left-to-right (Glenrock to Powder River) behind
us. Compare this picture to the photo below - mostly the buildings
are the same, except for the "new" tallest one on the
right, just this side of the Gladstone Hotel.
looking south on Center Street here, at a C&NW locomotive back
in the 1930s or 40s.
old photo from the 1920s is the same view up Center Street.
Even in the 20s, Casper was a pretty decent sized town (practically
a metropolis for Wyoming!). Most of these structures are still there
today, many carrying the same names.
painting of the Casper Depot shortly after it opened in the very
the C&NW depot as it appeared in Casper in 1915. I don't know if
it's still standing or not.
is Casper about 1915. I think you can see the C&NW depot in the
distance. Note the outhouse just right of center in the foreground.
This is a large file - about 400k. It's 200 dots per inch
resolution, so you can blow it up beyond full size and it still
looks pretty good.
The first refinery opened in Casper in
Much more later.