Today in Casper history for June 13

The “subway” as it stands this morning, 78 years after its completion. (Photo by Adilene Rodriguez)

June 13

1919– The gutting news broke that a strawberry shortage was to be expected 100 years ago today. The Wyoming Grocery, which handled most of the produce coming into Casper at the time, announced the arrival of what they feared could be the last big shipment of the fruit that year. The blame was put on a 40 percent shortage in supply experienced by berry-producing states like Oregon and Missouri. Colorado’s supply was exceptionally low in 1919 due to a killing frost the state experienced in the beginning of June. Casper residents were warned to expect to pay up to 22 cents per pound for fresh strawberries and 60 cents for canned strawberries during winter. That’s about $3 per pound and $9 for canned berries in 2019. 

1941-The completion of the train overpass located on North Center St was being celebrated today. The opening of the overpass, or the “subway” as it was referred to back then, signaled the beginning of development in North Casper and its integration into the larger Casper community. The construction of the overpass took 150 working days to complete. The project was spearheaded by a small group of North Casper residents known as the North Casper Improvement Association. They first organized in 1933 when a small group of residents began the development of a sewer system for the area. A parade was held the following day, to coincide with Flag Day, to celebrate its opening.   

1977-The Wyoming Women’s Conference held its inaugural meeting at the Casper College’s women’s gymnasium with more than 400 people in attendance. The keynote speaker for the event was American activist Maggie Kuhn, founder of the “Gray Panthers” movement which fought against ageism and other social injustices. The conference was comprised of workshops that varied in topics intended to encourage and provide resources to help women. The motto for the conference was “Equality: Make The Dream A Reality,” where one of the hottest topics of discussion was the lack of women serving in the U.S. Senate. Today, there are 25 women serving in the U.S. Senate; the highest number of women serving in history. 

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Compiled by Adilene Rodriguez, Oil City News