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Backstory: Christmas in Casper over the decades (PHOTOS)

Second Street in Downtown Casper is seen decked out for the holidays in 1970. (Chuck Morrison Collection, Casper College Western History Center)

CASPER, Wyo. — Christmastime is a season of nostalgia as many people recall their own magical childhood holiday experiences.

In memory, the food seems better, the toys cooler, and the decorations livelier.

As a holiday gift, we’re republishing our collection of vintage images from Casper’s past, with a few recent additions thrown in.

Thanks again to Vince Crolla and the Casper College Western History Center for their great work of preserving Casper’s rich history.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Oil City News!

Crews install Christmas decorations on Center Street in 1968. At right is the old Elbow Room restaurant in the Hotel Henning, which was demolished a few years after this image was made. (Chuck Morrison Collection, Casper College Western History Center)