Posts

The Rollercoaster History of Grand Teton National Park

Image: NPS

Grand Teton National Park has quite the history when it comes to its founding! You ready for this rollercoaster ride?

Chapter 1:

As a brief aside, we’re talking about the Rocky Mountains’ youngest range (and one of the youngest in the world!), which happens to have some of the oldest rocks you’ll find on the continent.

Chapter 2:

John D. Rockefeller, Jr., purchased a whole lot of land in northwest Wyoming in the mid 1920s with the initial intention of eventually donating it to the government. For identity protection, he bought 33,000 acres under the Snake River Land Company name, and he kept it for 15 years. He eventually threatened to sell it, which prompted action by FDR—see Chapter 4.

Chapter 3:

President Calvin Coolidge, despite vociferous Congressional dissent, signed the park into existence in February, 1929, less than a week before his presidency concluded. The act protected 96,000 acres of land, including the 40-mile-long Teton Range and six glacial lakes.

Chapter 4:

Area residents were strongly opposed to any further expansion, so when President Roosevelt unilaterally established a wildlife reserve called Jackson Hole National Monument in 1943 that encompassed most of the adjacent valley, angered ranchers created a massive cattle-drive by rustling hundreds and hundreds of cattle across the designated area. Their legendary protest was led by Academy Award-winning, and highest paid at the time, actor Wallace Beery.

Chapter 5:

During and after WW2, Wyoming tried to have the JHNM rescinded. When no one was willing to budge after many repeated attempts, a compromise was reached:

1. The Jackson Hole National Monument would be added to the original Coolidge-established park.
2. In exchange, ranchers were allowed to keep their existing grazing rights.
3. The National Elk Refuge—the southern end of the JHNM—would not be included in the merger, but the elk herd would still be partly managed by the state and allow for some hunting.
4. Wyoming was exempted from the Antiquities Act, meaning Congress has to approve the establishment of further national monuments in the state rather than the president being able to do so alone via executive order.

Chapter 6:

Thus, Grand Teton National Park came to be (re-)established in its current size and area on September 14, 1950, by President Truman.

Whew! That’s a heck of a story, huh? Plenty of details to be had, but at least you get the general overview. If you want to find out a whole lot more, reach out to the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museumhttps://www.seejh.com/…/jackson-hole-historical-society-mus… ! Have you been to the Historical Museum? It’s great!

Did you know about #GTNP’s founding history?

If You Want It, The Hole’s Got It!

Image: Sam Morse

 

I think you know by now from all that we’ve shared and will continue to share with you that Jackson Hole and its surroundings are loaded with amazing merchants, great services, and extraordinary opportunities to both work with others and commune with the natural world!

What do you want?

To buy a home? We’ve got that! 
To stay in a luxurious hotel or a rustic log cabin? We’ve got that!
To eat fresh, organic food? We’ve got that!
To find high-quality, stylish fashion? We’ve got that!
To immerse yourself on a nature walk? We’ve got that!
To ski down incredible mountains? We’ve 
got that!

To capture fish worthy of boasting about? We’ve got that!
To camp in the woods? We’ve got that!
To hike a thousand trails? We’ve got that!
To see geysers erupt? To see hot springs in their multi-colored magnificence? We’ve got that!
To see a moose, or a bear, or a herd of elk or bison? We’ve got that!
To crest a ridge on horseback? We’ve got that!
To float down a pleasant river? Or to plunge through dynamic rapids? We’ve got that!
To find best-selling books or little known ones? We’ve got that!
To dance the night away with great live music? We’ve got that!
To view and buy impressive art? We’ve got that!
To meet real-life cowboys? We’ve got that!
To see Broadway-worthy theater? 
We’ve got that!

To experience concerts given by the best musical artists? We’ve got that!
To watch a dog-sled race? We’ve got that!
To sleep in a Conestoga wagon? We’ve got that!
To watch adrenaline-pumping rodeo shows? We’ve got that!
To see for hundreds of square miles on a mountaintop? We’ve got that!
To paddle on a pristine lake? We’ve got that!
To sample cuisines from a dozen countries? We’ve got that!
To watch exciting hockey games? We’ve got that!
To sit on a saddle at a bar? We’ve got that!
To experience down-home greetin
gs from the strangers around you? We’ve got that!

To take pictures with globally-recognized arches, churches, even barns? We’ve got that!
To visit incredible national parks? We’ve got that!
To be high in the sky in a balloon? We’ve got that!
To find yourself humbled by touching a glacier or climbing a mountain? We’ve got that!
To see the stars in the clear sky above? We’ve got that!
To ride in a stagecoach? We’ve got that!
To stay on a dude ranch? We’ve got that!
To see an epic landscape no camera can fully capture? We’ve got that!

To just sit in a field and smell the flowers and the grass and the fertile soil, hear the birds singing and the crisp water gurgling, watch the animals moving, see and feel the gentle breeze blowing through the boughs, all under a big beautiful blue cloud-studded sky? We’ve got that too!

To be seen by thousands and thousands across the whole wide world enjoying your life with your loved ones? We’ve got that! ????

…Come on out and stay awhile. We’d love to have you.

Browse our website to see all of this and more that’s available to you while you’re here!