Featured City Friday: Casper, WY - Mountain West Farm Bureau

Featured City Friday highlights fun and interesting features of our agent’s cities across the mountain west region. Let's venture to "The Oil City"...


Casper, WY

The city of Casper is something special! It's the second largest city in the state of Wyoming with a population of around 55,000 - trailing just behind Cheyenne. Its nickname, "The Oil City," comes from its long history as an oil boomtown! The oil field is one of the main contributors to Casper's success and has been ever since the beginning. Back in the mid-19th century, mass migration of land seekers along the Oregon, California and Mormon trails gave Casper it's starting. What was then Fort Caspar, was the location of several ferries that offered passage across the North Platte River as well as a home for troops during the Sand Creek Massacre. Initiating the oil boom, the Salt Creek Oil Field was first discovered in 1889 approximately 40 miles north of Casper. Over time, three refineries were built around the city with only one remaining - operated by Sinclair Oil Corporation near Evansville. In addition to energy, Casper serves as a hub for travel, tourism and business and is the destination for many state-wide events.

Unique Attraction

National Historic Trails Interpretive Center

Operated by the Bureau of Land Management, the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is a museum that commemorates Native American history, early explorers and the travel corridor of the Oregon, Mormon, California and Pony Express trails of the 1800's. There are interactive exhibits in eight different galleries including temporary exhibits. There also is an award-winning 18 minute film called "Footsteps to the West!" The center is open from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm in the winter and 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in the summer, and admission is free! Check this awesome museum out when you get a chance!


5150' Festival

The 5150' Festival is a recent hit in Casper! The festival was founded after thousands of tourists came to the Casper area to celebrate and witness the 2017 eclipse. The Casper community came together and hosted many different events and festivals for all to enjoy. The community wanted to keep the camaraderie going, resulting in the birth of the 5150' Festival. This annual event takes place in the later part of August each year and features something the entire family can enjoy! Here, kids can run amuck at the adventure zone while adults check out the food trucks, beer and local exhibits. There even is live entertainment hosted at the Brian Scott Gamroth Community Stage with an evening performance you don't want to miss! Check it out this year; it's sure to be a hit!

Top Restaurant


Eggington's, located at 229 E 2nd Street, is a local and tourist favorite! They serve a variety of dishes for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Their dishes range from smothered burritos and breakfast tamales to variations of eggs Benedict and chili rellenos. Their breakfasts are served with fresh extra large "AA" eggs, red skin potatoes or fresh fruit and a choice of toast or a Wolferman English muffin. Additionally, pancake and waffle batters are whipped up fresh daily! We know, we know - our mouths are watering too! If you haven't been to this all-time classic, you need to add it to the bucket list!

Our Casper Agents:


Bobby Pickle, CFP®


Eli Ford


Jack Swanson, LUTCF


Matt Thornton



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