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PHOTOS: Historic Nolan ghost signs reappear during old Casper dealership’s redevelopment

Ghost signs on the side of the former Nolan Chevrolet dealership on David Street appeared as crews stripped decades of white paint from the building recently during a restoration and redevelopment project. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. – Ghosts of Casper’s past have recently reappeared after hiding under white paint for decades.

The historic Nolan Chevrolet dealership on S. David Street has been the subject of a renovation and redevelopment project since late last year when FLAG Development won approval to incorporate what’s salvageable of the building into a mixed-use retail and living complex. The True companies took over the project during the summer after Casper’s economy took a downturn.

Ghost signs reappear during redevelopment of Nolan Chevrolet. Since 1970 it was used as the Plains Furniture showroom, with an addition covering the original building. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Nolan Chevrolet on 322 S. David, mid-1920s. Wyoming State Archives Photo Collection, Carrigen Collection

The building’s dramatic transformation over the past couple of years has been the subject of fascination. Used since the early 1920s as a car dealership, it was sold to Plains Furniture in 1970 who built a large addition a few years later.

The former Plains Furniture building sits empty on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

The original building was hidden under various remodels and additions and slated for demolition, until enough surviving historic details were discovered that the city of Casper reversed course.

True Realty plans to have the new redevelopment complete by June, 2022.

A history of the building published last year.
Relics hidden inside the old Nolan dealership were discovered during demolition in Jan. 2020.