You may have heard the rumors and we’re here to confirm it: downtown Casper is thriving. Casper’s downtown corridor is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. It is where Casper’s early history meets today’s bustling modern city and provides endless opportunities to experience Casper’s charm
Historic Downtown Casper
The very earliest days of Casper took place not far from what is considered the heart of today’s downtown in 1888. Many of downtown Casper’s buildings date back to the early 1900’s when Casper was a bustling energy town in an oil boom. The reminders of Casper’s history can be found in unique architecture and fading painted ghost signs on stoic brick buildings through the city center.
David Street Station
Perhaps the biggest symbol of Casper’s present and future, David Street Station, is the hub of activity in downtown Casper. Completed in 2018, David Street Station is a versatile outdoor space complete with a stage for concerts and performances, green area and a splash pad in the summer months. In the winter, the splash pad converts to an ice rink that is open through the winter. The ice rink is also home to the Casper community Christmas tree during the Holiday season. David Street Station hosts hundreds of community events<link> throughout the year like movie nights, ice skating with Santa, festivals and live music.
If you’re looking for only-in-Casper shopping, downtown Casper should be on the top of your list. The main corridor of Casper’s downtown is filled with locally owned, one of a kind boutiques and shops with everything from Casper souvenirs to fine art.
Peruse clothing and goods at shops like the Floral Rhino, Cadillac Cowgirl, or WyoMade. Craftsmanship is on display at 307 Metal works, where you can find artistic creations forged from steel by a Casper artist.
Perhaps the most iconic shopping experience in the west takes place in the heart of downtown at Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters. Named one of the top western wear outfitters in the nation at the 2019 National Finals Rodeo, Lou Taubert’s is 100 years old, family owned and an absolute must see when you’re in downtown Casper. They have 9 floors of inventory and over 10,000 cowboy boots in stock. You must see it to believe it.
Dining & Nightlife
As the downtown area continues to grow and develop, the dining and nightlife options expand, too. You can start your evening at one of the many downtown restaurants before going to Casper’s iconic distillery, Backwards Distilling Company, for a creative cocktail. Or stop by the downtown Brewery, Frontier Brewing Company for a house-made or regional brew.
In the summer, Yellowstone Garage (a 1920s gas station transformed into a restaurant, bar and special events venue) hosts a street party called Rock the Block every Thursday night. Stop by The Gaslight Social to see if they have live music or a party taking place on their lawn or see what is happening at David Street Station.