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National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
Release Date: 05/29/09
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins 307-261-7603    

Trails Center Showcases Traveling Exhibit: A View from Center Street

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) is currently showcasing photographs from Casper photographer Thomas Carrigen. The exhibit, "A View from Center Street," will display through June 29, 2009.

Marble Champion.
Rex Theater.
Carrigen, who was a portrait photographer, operated a studio in Casper, Wyo., on Center Street. For more than three decades, he captured the essence of the subjects World War I, World War II and later eras.

"The exhibit provides a fascinating glimpse of Casper and its people between 1920 and 1940," said NHTIC Director Mike Abel.

Some of the photographs in the exhibit include the following: The Natrona County High School ROTC group, photographed in 1929, the Natrona County High girls’ swim team, from 1930, the Casper Tribune marble champion, from 1933, and Wenner’s Bakery, photographed in 1936.

The photographs were preserved by the Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources Department. The exhibit photographs can also be seen in the book, "A View from Center Street," published by the McMurray Foundation and is currently on loan from Fort Caspar Museum courtesy of Museum Manager Rick Young.

The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The facility is located at 1501 N. Poplar Street, Casper, Wyo. The NHTIC is operating on summer hours, and is currently open daily, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Alex Rose at the NHTIC, (307) 261-7780.

Note to media: click on the images to download a full-size version suitable for printing.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

National Historic Trails Interpretive Center   1501 North Poplar Street      Casper, WY 82601  

Last updated: 05-29-2009