Welcome to the Fort Caspar Chapter Website
Fort Caspar is located on the west edge of Casper, Wyoming. The first occupation of the site occurred in 1847 with the Mormon Pioneer party and construction of a ferry operation. In 1859, Louis Guinard built a toll bridge across the river and established a trading post. Prior to the frontier army occupation in 1862, the site was used as an Overland Stage stop, Pony Express relay station, and Pacific Telegraph office. Once the army located at the site, it was known as Platte Bridge Station.
In 1865 the Indians were particularly active in their raids along the Oregon/California/Mormon/Pioneer Trails. Lieutenant Caspar Collins, 11th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, attempted to go to the aid of an army supply train and was killed by Indians at the Battle of Platte Bridge. Later that day, the army supply train was attacked at the Battle of Platte Bridge. The post was renamed Fort Caspar in honor of the Lieutenant. His first name was used since Fort Collins, named for his father Lieutenant Colonel W. O. Collins, had been established the previous year in Colorado.
About our Chapter
Fort Caspar Chapter serves all communities in Natrona County. The Chapter was organized by Mrs. B. B. Brooks and Mrs. Richard Shipp, Organizing Regent, and was accepted by the National Society in 1914. The name of Fort Caspar was chosen in honor of Lieutenant Caspar Collins. It was first spelled Casper like the city, and later changed to Fort Caspar
Meetings are held October through June on the first Monday of the month. We welcome new members and if you would like more information about our Chapter, please contact Stephanie.
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As we celebrate 100 years since our inception, we are celebrating the people who lived in central Wyoming 100 or more years ago. Those early citizens developed the culturally rich community of central Wyoming where our chapter was born.
If your family was in central Wyoming a century ago, please call 307-265-0545. The Casper Journal has partnered with us and will publish feature articles about some of the early citizens including historic photos and documents. In the fall, we will recognize the families with a certificate at a DAR meeting.
The DAR was founded in 1890 and now has over 175,000 members throughout our country and abroad. It is a volunteer women’s service organization whose objectives are historic preservation, patriotism, and education.
The DAR Library is one of the world’s premier genealogical research centers. Among NSDAR records are thousands of names of Revolutionary War patriots that have been proven by members. To learn if your ancestral patriot has been proven in DAR, click here to connect to the DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS) link.
Photo credits: Esther Hobart Morris Statue: adapted from Matthew Trump, "Wyoming Capitol Morris Statue" May 31, 2005 via Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Attribution. Grand Teton National Park: adapted from National Park Service, "Jackson Lake". Fort Caspar Historic Site courtesy Visit Casper.