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Backstory: Snow-covered scenes from Casper’s past (PHOTOS)

A frozen day, an open car and a ride with a faithful friend. Downtown Casper, circa 1920’s. Note the chains on the rear tires. (Casper College Western History Center, Chuck Morrison Collection)

CASPER, Wyo. – It’s understandable to feel a little hopeless this time of year.

The first snow of the season is usually met with excitement and glee, coupled with the anticipation of the holidays.

By February, however, the excitement is long gone, and moods could be described as anything but gleeful.

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It won’t last for ever, though it always seems it will.

Just be comforted to know that Casper’s dwellers in decades past dealt with the same seasonal misery, except likely much worse with fewer or no modern infrastructure to deal with the mounds of white stuff.

With that in mind we’ve collected several snowy scenes from Casper’s past. Revel in their past misery, and think of warmer days to come.

Hilltop Shopping Center, then recently built. November, 1961. (Casper College Western History Center, Chamber of Commerce collection)
Two winter scenes published in the Casper Morning Star in January, 1962. (Casper College Western History Center)
Man walks through a snowy street in front of Villnave’s Auto Supply (402 East Second Street) and Piggly Wiggly next door, Casper, Wyoming. Circa 1920s. (Chuck Morrison Collection, Casper College Western History Center)
M29 Weasel photographed in downtown Casper during the Blizzard of 1949. (Casper College Western History Center, Chuck Morrison Collection)
Second Street in Casper, around 1924. (Casper College Western History Center, Chuck Morrison collection)
Three plows clearing snow during the Blizzard of 1949. (Casper College Western History Center, Chuck Morrison collection)
A plow clears snow away from a Wyoming Airways plane in 1931. (CARRIGEN COLLECTION/Wyoming State Archives)