Sunday, January 1, 2017

Sunday Morning Scene: Casper's Downtown Century Old Churches

Recently we posted an item that addressed a number of local events, riffing off of a Casper Weekly Tribune article:

In very local news two locals bought the real property on North Center Street where St. Anthony's Catholic Church is located today.  The boom that the oil industry, and World War One, was causing in Casper was expressing itself in all sorts of substantial building. As we've discussed here before, part of that saw the construction of three very substantial churches all in this time frame, within one block of each other.

I thought, given that we've been focusing on the 1916 and general mid teens, of a century ago, theme, we might note the other churches that were part of this World War One era local boom.  First, some additional photos of the church noted above, from our Churches In The West blog.

Another one of the churches built in this time frame, and only one block away is the First Presbyterian Church, Casper Wyoming:
As noted in Churches of the West:
This Presbyterian Church is located one block away from St. Mark's Episcopal Church and St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, all of which are separated from each other by City Park.

The corner stone of the church gives the dates 1913 1926. I'm not sure why there are two dates, but the church must have been completed in 1926.
And another, in the same area, is St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Casper Wyoming.

We earlier noted:
This traditionally styled Episcopal Church includes the office buildings for the church a meeting room, kitchen and a day school, so the interior space used for services is smaller than the large exterior might suggest.

The view featured on the bottom photograph could not be seen until recently, as a large house once stood in what is now an open area. The church is across the street from the former St. Anthony's Catholic School, which has moved to a new location across town. The church was built in 1924.
There are a few more churches located downtown, including one that predates these three. But we've included them here as they demonstrated was going on in Casper about one century ago, and yet remain very much in use today.

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