Wyoming History: The Year Coffee Was Banned in Casper and Cheyenne
Imagine a world without coffee. That's the world Wyoming woke up to on April 7, 1943, when the sale of coffee was officially banned in Casper and Cheyenne.
Another casualty of World War II was a nationwide coffee shortage. Several months earlier, the United States Office of Price Administration began rationing coffee to the public.
The rations limited every person over the age of 15 to ten pounds of coffee per year. Evidently, that just wasn't enough for people in Wyoming.
Due to repeated "violations of wartime rationing restrictions" in the area, the cities of Casper and Cheyenne temporarily outlawed the sale of coffee.
Luckily, the ban was short-lived. On July 23, 1943, President Franklin Roosevelt called off the nationwide coffee ration. Not surprisingly, coffee was the first item removed from the federal rationing list.