Casper is nicknamed “The Oil City” and has a long history of oil boomtown and cowboy culture, dating back to development of the nearby Salt Creek Oil Field. Casper is located in east-central Wyoming at the foot of Casper Mountain, the north end of the Laramie Mountain Range, along the North Platte River.
LDS Members make up 6.54%% of the population of Casper. Groundbreaking for the Star Valley Wyoming Temple is anticipated sometime in 2014. The state of Wyoming has 63,069 members in 16 stakes, 134 wards and 20 branches.
Martin’s Cove is a historic site in Wyoming. In November 1856, about 500 Mormon emigrants in the Martin Handcart Company were halted for five days in the Cove by snow and cold while on their way to Salt Lake City. The Martin Handcart company had begun its journey on July 28, 1856 which was dangerously late in the season and would ultimately lead to the disaster. Although the number who died in the Cove is unknown, more than 145 members of the Martin Company died before reaching Salt Lake City.