Fort Caspar Chapter
Advancing the Legacy 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 was 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 as Fort Caspar.
The current membership of 96 includes two descendants of the founding member, 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 for veterans, genealogy, community service, and historic preservation. Daughters Shelly Trumbull and Kristin Moldaschel, a mother and daughter team, share a passion for historic preservation. Recently, they worked to obtain a new plaque for the Ft. Caspar historic site, which corrects the inaccuracies of the earlier historical marker.
Chapter Daughters serve on the chapter, state, and national levels and include: a northwest division chair, Honorary State Regent, Wyoming State treasurer, and two state committee chairs.
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.