Casper, Wyoming was established in 1888 and is presently home to approximately 50,000 people. Casper was named after Lieutenant Caspar Collins who came to the area to protect a wagon train that was carrying supplies for the Fort that was then known as Platte Bridge Station. Caspar Collins was killed in hand to hand combat with Red Cloud and Lakota warriors as he made his way across the bridge to the fort. He was killed while trying to rescue a wounded man by pulling the man up onto his horse. He lost control of the horse and the horse galloped directly into the Lakota army. Apparently, Caspar Collin’s body was found with an arrow sticking out of his forehead, the reins in his teeth, and a pistol in each hand. Years later, a Nobody accidentally mispelled the name “Caspar” as “Casper” and this new spelling stuck probably because the other nobodies around at the time knew how to spell any better.
Casper has a rather violent history. A gun fight on Main Street between the mayor and his business partner resulted in the death of the business partner. Early store clerks built up little forts of flour sacks around their beds (they slept at the store to protect their goods from being stolen) to divert stray bullets.
A number of trails pass through Casper, including the Mormon Trail, California Trail, Oregon Trail, Pony Express, and a smattering of cattle trails.
The Wonder Bar is recently reopened. When we visited this location it was not open so we were not able to get photos of the inside of the building. Apparently this is a fairly popular place with live music on the weekends.
Reports of full body apparitions on the stairs. Disembodied sounds and lights that turn on and off without explanation.
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Wyoming Homestay and Outdoor Adventures (2006). Bed and Breakfast Inns and Ranches of Wyoming. Retrieved November 22, 2009 from http://www.wyomingbnb-ranchrec.com/City.Casper.html