Casper Named Top Ten Town
02/01/2008 - Casper was recently named one of the Top Ten True Western Towns of 2008 by True West Magazine. The honor was given to Casper for its "important contribution to preserving its past," according to the editors at True West Magazine. Casper was number nine on the list.
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The annual top ten list is compiled by the editors at True West Magazine after receiving detailed applications from a multitude of towns and cities in the western United States.
"As far as I know, this was the first time Casper entered the contest," Kurt Box, CEO of the Casper Area Convention & Visitors Bureau said. "Stephanie Erickson, our Director of Convention & Meeting Services did a great job researching the historical information needed for the application as well as putting together a great presentation."
The write up is in the January/February issue of True West Magazine. A transcript of the article can also be read on www.casperwyoming.info on the "Casper News" page.
"Casper has always been proud of its history," Box said. "Look around town. We have Fort Caspar and its brand new expanded museum and reconstructed Cavalry fort, the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center which commemorates the largest voluntary human migration in history and how the majority of those pioneers passed through the Casper area on their way to their destinations.
"We also have twenty one entries on the National Register of Historic Places, so that, I believe, contributed to the magazine naming Casper in the top ten," Box said.
Cheyenne, the only other Wyoming city/town in the top ten, came in fourth. Both Cody and Buffalo received "Towns to Watch" and "Towns You Should Know" designations respectively.
"I think it's awesome that Cheyenne finished fourth!" Box said. "Having two Wyoming towns in the top ten is great for our state. Plus, the Cody and Buffalo designations adds to the overall honor Wyoming should feel. We might see tourists visit all four towns in one trip because of this."
The entire Top Ten list is as follows:
10. San Diego, CA
9. Casper, WY
8. Wickenburg, AZ
7. Pendleton, OR
6. Durango, CO
5. Dodge City, KS
4. Cheyenne, WY
3. Trinidad, CO
2. Deadwood, SD
1. St. Joseph, MO
press release from Casper Area Convention and Visitors Bureau