In a Backstory published earlier this year, we told you about a long-lost elaborate tiki lounge located on the corner of First and Center Streets right next to The America theater.
All we had found up to then was a sharp B&W glamor shot of the interior, a street scene and some old newspaper clips.
Thanks to Tiki Central, an online forum run by ultra tiki fanatics and collectors, we can now see what this Polynesian paradise looked like in glorious color.
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The photos are sharp and professionally lit, which indicates that they were likely taken by the same firm and around the same time as the B&W picture we found at the Western History Museum. In addition, there are pictures of some cool tiki-inspired matches and a custom dinner plate from The Reef.
We’ve reached out to Tiki Central for more info on the photos and in hopes they’ve found more ghosts from Casper’s tiki past.
You can read Tiki Central’s post about The Reef here.
The Reef Lounge closed sometime in the late-70s and was replaced by a few different businesses before the building was ultimately demolished a decade later. It’s now the First Interstate Bank plaza.
Below are photos we published in our first Backstory on The Reef, which you can read here.