Look back: 2017 Eclipse Festival put Casper on center stage (PHOTOS)

The solar eclipse is seen just as totality ends on Monday, Aug. 21, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. – On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse made its way from coast to coast.

Casper was one of the prime spots for eclipse tourists for both its location and accommodations.

More than 1 million visitors jammed into the Oil City that week, with the center of activity based mainly around the newly-completed David Street Station outdoor plaza.

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Here are some of our favorite photos from that day, which took place two years ago.

The moon moves in front of the sun during the path of the 2017 solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Sean Gibson of Juno, Alaska, examines the sun at the very start of the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Darkness takes over during totality of the solar eclipse as seen in central Casper on Monday, Aug. 21. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Brandon and Monica Jensen of Billings instruct their daughter Ellie, 4, on the use of eclipse glasses before the start of the eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Aaron Girard, right, live chats with his wife Ionela Girard in Romania before the eclipse on Monday afternoon in downtown Casper. Girard, from Denver, was going to live video chat his wife during the entire event. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
The solar eclipse is seen in totality on Monday, Aug. 21, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Eclipse fans walk along roofs before the start of the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Eclipse tourists try out their glasses in downtown Casper on Monday, Aug. 21. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Tourists test out their eclipse glasses in downtown Casper before the start of the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Eclipse viewers watch the early stages of the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, in central Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Eclipse fans relax and watch the early phases of the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, in central Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Pedestrians pull out their viewing glasses during the first phase of the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Darkness takes over during totality of the solar eclipse as seen in central Casper on Monday, Aug. 21. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
A map set up at the Eclipse Festival headquarters lets tourists put pins to mark their hometown. It has become a popular stop for eclipse tourists and locals alike. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
A section of Europe on a map of the world covered in push pins by eclipse tourists now sits inside the Casper Area Convention & Visitors Bureau office in downtown Casper. The map will eventually be given a permanent home. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
File Photo- David Street Station in Casper on Aug. 18, 2017. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
The sun reflects off of a solar filter on Michael Kauper’s telescope on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at the Parkway Plaza. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Astronomical photographer Shigemi Numazawa makes adjustments to equipment in a central Casper yard on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. The cameras and telescopes use tracking systems to compensate for the Earth’s rotation and have to be precisely adjusted, said Numazawa. He is with a group of eclipse watchers who traveled from Japan for the experience. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Eclipse Festival on Friday, Aug. 18, at David Street Station in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Eclipse Festival on Friday, Aug. 18, at David Street Station in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Rod Hopkins examines a pair of binoculars at the Astro-Physics booth in the vendor section during the 2017 AstroCon on Friday, Aug. 19, at the Parkway Plaza in Casper. The AstroCon convention is organized by the Astronomica League, which brings enthusiests together for presentations and speakers. The convention was held in Casper for the eclipse on Monday. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
People enjoy the Eclipse Festival at the newly-opened David Street Station on Friday, Aug. 19, 2017, in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Daylight Dusk falls in Casper, during the 2017 Eclipse event on Aug. 21, 2017. (Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City)