I said, “Cheese” and went with the flow.
Maybe it was the lake that rendered it all so stunning, so unexpected.
Obviously not! Property values in the area, like the scenery, were out of this world.
Did You Know?
- Grand Teton National Park is the only U.S. National Park that permits hunting. Hunting is how the abundant elk population in the park is regulated.
- The park averages 450 inches (1,100 cm) of snow in the mountains and 191 inches (490 cm) in the valley annually.
- Ten miles north of the town of Jackson Hole the busiest airport in Wyoming and the only airport to be located in a National Park offers nonstop service from 13 destinations throughout the United States.
- Grand Teton National Park doubled for the cold and desolate Soviet Union during filming for the Rocky IV movie (the one where Rocky/Sylvester Stallone single handedly wins the Cold War). The farm where Rocky trained was located in Jackson Hole, and outdoor shots and sequences were taken at Grand Teton National Park.
- Charles Schwab, Tiger Woods, and Dick Cheney are among the famous folks who own prime property in Jackson, Wyoming. Jackson ranch owner Harrison Ford, however, is by far Wyoming’s most valuable celebrity asset. He’s used his helicopter in several search and rescue missions, in one case picking up a stranded climber in the Teton Range and returning her to safety
- Grand Teton National Park is more than 100 mi (160 km) air distance from any major urban or industrial area, and localized human activities have generally had a very low environmental impact on the surrounding region.
- The origin of the name is disputed. The most common explanation is that "Grand Teton" means "large teat" in French, named by either French-Canadian or Iroquois members of an expedition led by Donald McKenzie of the North West Company. However, other historians disagree, and claim that the mountain was named after the Teton Sioux tribe of Native Americans.
- Grand Teton National Park was actually established twice, first in 1929 to protect mountain peaks and the lakes surrounding the mountain bases, then in 1950, when the adjacent valley floors as well as the Jackson Hole National Monument, created in 1943, were incorporated into the park.
- Formed in the mid-1820s, the Rocky Mountain Fur Company partnership included Jedediah Smith, William Sublette and David Edward Jackson or "Davey Jackson". Jackson oversaw the trapping operations in the Teton region between 1826 and 1830. Sublette named the valley east of the Teton Range "Jackson's Hole" (later simply Jackson Hole) for Davey Jackson.
- Though the Teton Range was never permanently inhabited pioneers did begin settling in the Jackson Hole valley to the east of the range in 1884. Those earliest homesteaders were mostly single men who endured long winters, short growing seasons and rocky soils that were hard to cultivate.
- Grand Teton is the only National Park to include privately owned land. When John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and his wife visited the region as the guest of Horace Albright in the early 1920s, most of the valley of Jackson Hole was private property. The two men discussed ways to preserve Jackson Hole from commercial exploitation, prompting Rockefeller to start buying Jackson Hole properties through the Snake River Land Company for the purpose of later turning them over to the National Park Service.