Welcome to Casper Wyoming, "The Oil City". Casper is a mid-sized city in Central Wyoming that is situated at the foot of Casper Mountain and along the North Platte River. The seat of Natrona County, our city and surrounding area boasts a population of approximately 70,000. Casper is served by Interstate 25, U.S. Highway 20 and State Highway 220.
Casper is nicknamed "The Oil City" because of its history as an oil boomtown and its role in the creation of the cowboy culture, dating back to the creation of the nearby Teapot Dome oil field.
The city was first founded by developers who anticipated that it would serve as a stopping point during the expansion of the Wyoming Railway. The presence of this railhead ultimately made Casper a starting point for the "invaders" during the Johnson County War, an infamous Wyoming conflict that has come to epitomize the "Wild West".
The former site of Fort Caspar, which rests by the banks of the North Platte River, has been turned into a museum that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum features a replica of the ferry that operated there between 1847 and 1849, as well as a part of the bridge that ultimately replaced the ferry.
Speaking of the North Platte River, anglers who try casting their lines into river's waters could reel in rainbow trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout or walleye.
Golf aficionados can hit the links at any of four local facilities, including Casper Golf Club, Casper Country Club, The Three Crowns Golf Club and Paradise Valley Golf Club. Casper Golf Club actually contains three unique courses for a total of 54 holes. The Three Crowns Golf Club is a 7,065 yard par 72 layout. The other two facilities in town each offer 18 more holes to explore.
More than 14 public schools and four private schools provide a wealth of options to local students. Higher education is available at Casper Community College (which also offers the University of Wyoming extension program) or via the University of Wyoming, which is located 80 miles away.
Wyoming Medical Center and Mountain View Regional Hospital offer health care to area residents.