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Backstory: More photos of Casper’s mysterious tiki lounge The Reef have surfaced

The Reef Lounge is seen in this color photo likely taken in the early 1960s. (Courtesy Tiki Central)

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.

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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.

This professional color photo shows a section of The Reef Lounge in Casper. It was likely taken in the early-1960s. (Courtesy Tiki Central)

Below are photos we published in our first Backstory on The Reef, which you can read here.

The Reef Lounge is seen at far left in this undated photo, likely taken around 1965. The building on the corner of First and Center Street served as a specialty clothing store before 1961, when the Reef first opened. The spot is now an open plaza. (Casper College Western History Center)
The interior of the Reef Lounge is shown in this undated photo, likely taken around the time of its opening in 1961. (Ken Photo, Western History Center at Casper College)