A Casper icon that’s stood the test of time in a boom and bust oil town

Story and Photos by Kristin Schaeffer


If you’ve spent much time in the historic Wonder Bar you’ve heard the stories: the hauntings, Parade Day cowboys, its colorful past playing host to numerous celebrities. The bar has been a long-standing tradition in the Casper community, and has seen its fair share of interesting happenings in its nearly 100 year history.

The Wonder Bar was first opened by Jack Leahy and John Mapel at 114 West 2nd Street, and moved to its current location at 256 South Center Street in 1938. It was Mapel who gave the bar its name because he liked the German song “Wonderbar”.

Over the years the bar would change ownership, have name changes, and be closed, but would always ultimately reopen, and through it all the Wonder Bar would come out on top.

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Kristin Schaeffer