Bribes and Scandals in Casper’s Oil History [VIDEO]
A parcel of land just North of Casper was part of one the largest government scandals of early US history. It was the biggest case regarding government corruption until Nixon and Watergate. It involves bribes to given big oil companies an unfair advantage using government land.
In the early 1900s, Congress set aside land reserves that they knew contained oil reserves. This was in a time where they were converting naval ships from coal to oil. Our government needed to make sure we did not run out of oil. One of these reserves was north of Casper near the Teapot Dome.
The scandal revolves around bribes taken by Albert Fall secretary of the Interior under President Warren G. Harding. Once all was said and done Albert Fall was the first US Cabinet officer to be convicted of a felony while in office.