How The Prohibition Left Its Print on Casper

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CASPER, Wyo. During prohibition, it was illegal to produce, sell, or transport alcohol in all of America, and thus speakeasies were born.

"If you went through the tunnels there were sometime offshoots where there would be a speakeasy door that had a little window and you would open the little window and you had to use a password then you shut the little window and they would open the door for you." Explained Donna Fisher of Casper Downtown Tours.

Beneath Casper, an intricate tunnel system was developed.

"The sandbar was out of the city limits...they distilled down there and then took it through the tunnels to the Casper Speakeasies." Said Fischer.

But, speakeasies couldn't have existed without booze.

"People were distilling, probably illegally- definitely illegally, up on Casper mountain." Said Amber Pollock of Backwards Distillery. "There were a lot of Bootleggers in Casper"

Booze was in high demand, and it seems like there still are- but bootleggers of a different kind.

"It's a culinary experience. It's got flavor, it's got interest, it's got nuance to it. That's how it was before prohibition. During prohibition, you really took what you could get and now after were moving back to that mindset where it is a craft- it is something. An experience people want to have." Explained Pollock.

Prohibition fostered organized crime and gang violence and fast care for bootleggers.

Some even say that NASCAR was born from the cars that could outrun the police.

So it seems there is more to the Wyo City than meets the eye.