- Associated Press - Thursday, January 2, 2020

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - An investment group has purchased two of Wyoming’s most recognizable structures.

The Wells Fargo bank site in downtown Casper includes an onion-shaped building and a concrete spire almost 180 feet (54 meters) tall.

Property records show Tri Opportunity Investment Group, LLC, has purchased the site.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports plans for the site are unclear. The group is tied to Joe and Diane McGinley, who didn’t respond to requests for comment.

The bank building, originally occupied by Wyoming National Bank, dates to 1964. The spire was completed in 1968.

The spire used to feature an electronic time-and-temperature display that was the tallest of its kind in the world.

Wells Fargo has been in the process of selling the building since 2018 and plans to build a new branch across the street, company spokesperson Julie Fogerson said.

Wells Fargo will now lease the building from its new owners for at least a few months, she said.

Wells Fargo officials proposed to tear down the spire in 2016, citing safety concerns, but met resistance from historic preservation advocates. The company instead removed signage from the spire to make it more structurally sound.

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