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Along the Ramparts of the Tetons: The Saga of Jackson Hole, by Robert B. Betts

By Robert B. Betts

The terrific valley of Jackson gap on the base of the hovering Teton variety has lengthy been a degree on which a impressive sequence of occasions has been acted out by way of an both outstanding forged of characters. this is often that tale, advised with a verve and pleasure which brings the earlier alive. In those pages, the reader will witness the dramatic production of the Tetons; the coming of the 1st people, bands of fur-clad Early Hunters who ventured into the valley a few 10,000 years in the past; the arriving and going of the later Indian tribes; and the approximately outstanding trip of John Colter, who again in 1807 is expounded to were the 1st white guy to have discovered his approach throughout the barren region and into Jackson gap.

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Principally, they are Dr. Gene Gressley of the University of Wyoming, who has been a staunch supporter of the Page xviii project and a primary supplier of materials to it almost from its inception; Dr. Elizabeth R. Brownell, who has assembled and maintained the files of the Teton County Chapter of the Wyoming State Historical Society, and who kindly took the time to read the original manuscript and set me straight on a number of my "facts"; W. C. "Slim" Lawrence, who shared his endless knowledge of and enthusiasm for Jackson Hole's history with me; Dr.

The characters in its cavalcadethe Indians, the trappers, the miners, the scouts, the bullwhackers, the mule skinners, and the cowboysleft hardly a trace in their passing. They came, they did, and they went. The decaying logs of an old fur press, rotting sluice boxes, the stone abutments of a railroad trestle, a rusty beaver trap lying in the weeds along a river, a broken arrowhead kicked up in a fiel-these are the relics of Wyoming's history. Nearly everything else is scenery, emptiness, and the everenduring grass.

2 * Named in 1829 for David E. Jackson, a prominent member of the fur trade, the valley was long called Jackson's Hole, a hole being in the terminology of the early West a large, open valley encircled by high mountains. " (Donald Hough, The Cocktail Hour in Jackson Hole, p. 169) Over the years, the more refined spelling has gradually become the accepted form. " Trite? Perhaps. But it does convey the feeling this mountain-engirded valley evokes, although it falls far short as an accurate description of the terrain.

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