Mar 30th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

No Ghosts in Casper

Casper, Wyoming has its own fame and Casper the Ghost is not one of them.  Nicknamed “The Oil City”, Casper has a long history of oil boomtown and cowboy culture, dating back to the development of the nearby Salt Creek Oil Field. Its first oil refinery was built in 1895, and though, like most boomtowns, Casper has had its share of ups and downs, the petroleum industry continues to help the economy keep rolling along. But what keeps many residents here, and what makes the community of interest to many senior visitors, is not what’s under the ground but what is on the ground.

Casper,  the county seat of Natrona County, is the second-largest city in Wyoming, with a population of 55,000+.   Only Cheyenne, the state capital, is larger.  Casper is located in east-central Wyoming at the foot of Casper Mountain.

Casper has come a long way from the days of a frontier outpost, but the same sense of free-wheeling adventure still draws visitors to Wyoming’s Adventure Capital. With one foot in the past and an eye toward the future, Casper is a year-round destination that offers senior citizens the very best in historical, recreational, cultural and entertainment experiences.

Things for Seniors to See and Do in Casper

Rain or shine, indoors or outdoors, Casper, Wyoming is home to some of Wyoming’s finest events and attractions. One outstanding museum, the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center,  opened in Casper in 2002, using state-of-the-art exhibits to give modern travelers an idea of what life on the “road” was like to the emigrants who passed through in the mid-1800s on the Oregon, Mormon, California, and Pony Express trails.

The Nicolaysen Art Museum presents changing exhibitions of works by national and regional artists, with an emphasis on art by Western artists or with a Rocky Mountain West theme. Add to these, outstanding theaters and professional sports and rodeo, and there’s something for every senior visitor. Casper even has a Planetarium for visitors to explore the solar system at night. Fun.

And Casper wouldn’t be Wyoming without western fun. Seven “Must See” events include the Fort Casper Rodeo and the Living History Tours. If Casper is good enough for Former VP Dick Chaney, it must have something going for it. This is where he went to school and the folks were used to hearing “Air Force One” land at the local airport, and then Chaney would be escorted with his motorcade.  He always chose a weekend to show up, forcing all the intersections to shut down and be heavily guarded with law enforcement.

Chad’s Blog provides a nice overview of someone who chose to make Casper his home. This fun map outlines many features of Casper.

On your way to Casper, check out all the other outstanding events that the State of Wyoming has to offer. Maybe you would like to follow an old historic trail used some 150 years ago when pioneers were on their way to Oregon, Utah and California. Check the weather however as South Bass is 7,550 feet high and you might hit snow even in July or August. I love good guide books and this site has a multitude of events and activities that will spark your interest as you head west into Cowboy and Cowgirl territory.  Enjoy the city and the state of Wyoming. jeb

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