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Editor:

I believe the Fort Caspar Historical Site and Museum are the crown jewels of this city. It is imperative to keep Fort Caspar and the staff on-site all year. Casper is privileged to have this treasure as a focal point of our existence and history.

As folks relocate to, or visit Casper, one of the first places they tour is the fort buildings and the museum. It is here they understand and realize the vision of the area as it was becoming settled by early soldiers and pioneers. It is a step back in our history and incites appreciation for how the west survived through much turmoil and struggle. Here they can retrace the footsteps of early explorers and adventurers and are able to touch and feel the legacies they left behind.

Why would you allow the loss of this amazing lesson? Without staff and availability to visitors, the area could be vandalized and pillaged beyond rescue. Without proper oversight this gem may become lost to the community.

School children remember the awesome lessons received on this sacred soul. Hopefully some of them will speak out on this issue before it's too late.

City staff, council members and trustees of the school district should all be required to visit the site prior to serving. Perhaps they would realize the incredible lessons on display and better appreciate the magnificent gift we have in our midst.

Year-round operation is a no-brainer.

Thank you.

SHIRLEY MUNDORF, Casper

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