The 1968 Steering Committee
HISTORY OF THE PLATTE RIVER TRAILS TRUST
The idea to reclaim the river corridor through the development and construction of a pedestrian trail system started in 1968 with a City appointed steering committee. From the beginning, the Platte River Trails Trust (PRTT) has been a grassroots organization determined to accomplish its goals through public/private partnerships with input from citizens and user groups. Incorporated in 1982, the citizen led PRTT has constructed over 10 miles of river trail, a Trails Center, 2 miles of Rails to Trail and spearheaded clean-up, preservation and proper development of our great jewel, the North Platte River Corridor. Today our river trail is a central thread through our community that links 10 City parks and recreational areas. We are our the community’s trail advocacy group that is dedicated to creating a trails network throughout the greater Casper, Wyoming area.
HISTORY OF THE TATE PUMPHOUSE
The Pumphouse is a historic brick structure once used as a pumping station to send water to the town of Midwest and the Salt Creek Field. The Pumphouse was gifted to the Platte River Trails Trust by BP in 2007. A plan was implemented to turn this historic structure into a community gathering place with indoor public restrooms, Platte River Trail Trust office, and more. This project is the culmination of more than twenty-five years of work by many people in the Casper community. The Tate Pumphouse is centrally located along the Platte River Parkway trail system at the Casper Whitewater Park adjacent to the Newell B. Sargent Foundation Bridge linking the Platte River Commons to the Parkway.
The Parkway Trust Board views renovation of the Tate Pumphouse site as an effort to expand the green gateway to downtown Casper that begins at the intersection of Poplar and 1st Street, site of the historic derrick sculpture, traveling west through Amoco Park along the river through the Casper Whitewater Park to the Newell B. Sargent Foundation Bridge and the Tate Pumphouse.