Gateway City

Trip Start Dec 05, 2012
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Trip End Dec 31, 2015


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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Our next move was over the mountains into Wyoming and the city of Jackson Hole. The city is a major gateway for millions of tourists visiting nearby Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park (our next stops). We enter downtown and our first stop are the Elk Antler Arches in the center of the towns square. Shopping, eating and a walk around the town for some photo ops!

Some History:
The valley is thought to have been named after David Edward "Davey" Jackson who trapped beaver in the area in the early nineteenth century as part of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. Though used by Native Americans for hunting and ceremonial purposes, the valley was not known to harbor year-round human settlement prior to the 1870s. 

Descriptions of the valley and its features were recorded in the journals of John Colter, who had been a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (you read about them back in Oregon). After returning to the Rocky Mountains, Colter entered the region in 1807 in the vicinity of Togwotee Pass and became the first white American to see the valley. His reports of the valley, the Teton Range and the Yellowstone region to the north were viewed by people of the day with skepticism. 
 
You will see why in my upcoming pictures!
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Dave Burrough on

When I was about 8 0r 9 we stopped at Jackson Hole on the way to Yellowstone. I have never forgot it! Thanks for the memories. Dave

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