Fort Caspar Chapter
Keeping Traditions Since 1914
The Fort Caspar Chapter, NSDAR, was organized and approved by the National Society on September 25, 1914, with the first meeting being held on May 28, 1914. The chapter was originally named “Fort Casper” in honor of Lieutenant Caspar Collins, who lost his life trying to rescue a wagon train coming into the local fort. The spelling of the name, Caspar with an “a” rather than an “e”. In 1936, the city of Casper rejuvenated the fort and named it Fort Caspar. The Chapter corrected the spelling, which was approved by member vote, and permission from the National Society to spell the chapter’s name Fort Caspar.
The current membership is over 100 and growing, this includes two descendants of the founding member and HSR, Mrs. B.B. Brooks. Member Joye Kading, played a major role in the establishment of the Wyoming Veterans Museum located in Casper.
Members participate in areas of personal interest, which also promote the DAR objectives and include: service to Veterans, genealogy, literacy, community service, and historic preservation. Our Chapter was awarded Nationally Third place for Historic Preservation in June 2018 for our work with the Fort Caspar Addendum Plaque which corrected the inaccuracies of the earlier historical marker placed 80 years earlier.
Chapter Daughters serve on the chapter, state and national levels and include: a northwest division chair, Wyoming State Librarian, five state committee chairs, one serves as special committee chair for state, and one on state finance committee.
According to the 2010 Census, Casper is the second largest city in Wyoming and is nicknamed “The Oil City.” It has a long history of oil boomtown and cowboy culture, dating back to the development of the nearby Salt Creek Oil Field in the early 1900s. Casper is the childhood home of both Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States under George W. Bush, and his wife, Lynne Cheney.
In 2010, Casper was named the highest-ranked family-friendly small city in the West, and ranked eighth overall in the nation in Forbes magazine’s list of “the best small cities to raise a family.”
Casper is located in east-central Wyoming along the original Oregon Trail and the North Platte River.