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Walk Through Time in Casper

History

For many places, Casper included, there’s a history that cannot be easily explained. And around here, we believe it best to experience it. Today’s Casper has been created from a rich past that includes American Indian trails, fur trappers, pioneers, a thriving oil and gas industry, abundant outdoor recreation, dinosaurs and the Wild West. To truly experience the various facets of history, it’s best to explore them. 

Serving as Casper’s historical anchor and providing the most comprehensive overview is the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center. Overlooking the city, entry to the Trails Center is free and provides travelers with a look into the many people and eras that have made Casper what it is today. Interactive exhibits include American Indian history, as well as information on the Oregon, California, Mormon and Pony Express trails and their most significant landmarks, like Independence Rock and Register Cliff. 

Touchable history can also be found on a trek with Historic Trails West. Offering a hands-on experience along the Oregon Trail, Trails West has experiences that range from short outings to multi-day treks as guests get a firsthand look at the trail, its terrain and history. The Casper area also has a rich history as it relates to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly referred to as Mormons), with areas of note that include Sun Ranch and Martin’s Cove. 

Additional not-to-be-missed historical points of interest include downtown Casper, the Bishop House, Fort Caspar Historical Site, Salt Creek Museum, Tate Geological Museum, Veterans Memorial Museum, War Birds Museum and Werner Wildlife Museum.
 

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