Casper in Natrona County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
City of Casper
The city of Casper, established near the site of old Fort Casper, formerly Plate Bridge Station, was named in honor of Lieut. Casper Collins, who lost his life in an Indian battle there on July 26, 1865. The fort was one of the small army posts which guarded the Oregon and Emigrant Trail and the transcontinental telegraph line during the mid-1800ís. The first railroad came to Casper in 1888, and the town remained “railís end” until 1905 when the line was extended to Lander. Casperís early economy was based on cattle and sheep raising. Oil had been discovered in the vicinity and in 1895 the first oil refinery was built. The industry has developed since then until Casper is now the principal oil city in Wyoming.
Erected 1965 by Wyoming State Archives and Historical Department and the Wyoming State Historical Society.
Location. 42° 51.395′ N, 106° 19.524′ W. Marker is in Casper, Wyoming, in Natrona County. Marker is at the intersection of N Center Street and W E Street, on the left when traveling north on N Center Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Casper WY 82601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pioneer Monument / Fort Casper Monument Corrections (approx. 0.3 miles away); Oregon-California Trail (approx. half a mile away); Wyoming's Oil & Gas (approx. 0.9 miles away); Cable Tool Drilling Rig (approx. 0.9 miles away); Giving Shape to History (approx. one mile away); Casper: "The Oil Capital of the Rockies" (approx. 1.5 miles away); The Armory (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Casper.
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