Fascinating Facts About Jackson Hole Most People Don’t Know
There are certain things people know about Jackson Hole, Wyoming. For example, it’s a great place to ski in the winter and engage in a number of outdoor activities in the summer. However, the area is associated to a range of fascinating facts.
Did you know Yellowstone was the world’s first national park? And, did you know it was declared so even before Wyoming became a state? Continue reading to learn a number of things most people don’t know about Jackson Hole and the surrounding area.
- Another national park, Grand Teton, was established in 1929 and expanded in 1950 thanks to John D. Rockefeller. He donated 30,000 acres.
- The National Elk Refuge resides close to the town and is the largest of its kind in North America. Over 7,000 elk spend the winter on the refuge. Visitors take sleigh rides there from December up until April. The world’s only public auction of elk antlers takes place at Jackson Town Square, near Jackson Hole lodging, each year in May. Local Boy Scouts collect the antlers, which are shed at the refuge.
- Almost all of Teton County’s 2.6 million acres are federally owned or state managed. Only 3% of the land there is privately owned.
- The town of Jackson elected the first all-women city council in 1920. Another first involves the New York Philharmonic that held the first summer residency in Jackson Hole in July of 1989. Also, Wyoming’s first ski area, Snow King, was opened in 1939.
- Are you a movie fan? John Wayne’s first speaking role was in The Big Trail, which was filmed in Jackson Hole in 1929. It’s also theorized to be the first time that he rode a horse. Over fifteen films have been made in Jackson Hole including Rocky IV and Django Unchained.
- The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has one of the lowest base elevations of ski areas in the Rocky Mountains. Most ski resorts in the area are between 7,000 and 9,500 feet, but Jackson Hole’s is just over 6,300.
- The Yellowstone area hosts over 60 species of mammals, more than 100 species of birds, and a half dozen game fish. Rare species include the bald eagle, osprey, and the mountain whitefish.
- Yellowstone National Park has 10,000 active thermal features. Old Faithful erupts every seventy-seven minutes.
- The first ascent of Grand Teton, the highest peak at Grand Teton National Park, is up for debate. William Owen, Bishop Spalding, John Shive, and Frank Petersen claimed the first climb in 1898. Though Nathaniel Langford and John Stevenson did it before in 1872 during the Hayden Expedition.
- Jackson Hole was originally called Jackson’s Hole, named after David E. Jackson, a beaver trapper. The area was his favorite trapping ground, and his partner, Bill, referred to it as Jackson’s hole.
- The fur trade era ended at Green River. The beaver supply was exhausted by two major companies, The American Fur Company and the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. Beaver felt hats were replaced by silk hats.
Now you can impress your friends with your extensive collection of rare and interesting Jackson Hole facts!
Patricia May has worked in the travel industry as a consultant for many years. she enjoys the opportunity to share her insights and experiences online. Her thoughts can be found on a number of travel-related websites.