Some folks wonder where the famous ‘hole’ is in Jackson. Well, there isn’t one. Not like the kind you’re thinkin’ anyway. The town was originally named “Jackson’s Hole” in 1894 when it got a post office, named after a mountain man, Davey Jackson who trapped in this area back then. We haven’t seen him round these parts lately though. “Hole” was the term at the time used to describe a high mountain valley. So far’s we know, no one’s fell in yet.
The Grand Teton towers high above the Valley floor at 13,700 feet. The first person to successfully ski the Grand was our own Bill Briggs in 1971. Billy’s one of our local characters…every Sunday since 1969 , he and the Stagecoach Band play at the Stagecoach Bar in Wilson, just at the base of Teton Pass, ‘bout 7 miles due west of Jackson square. Us locals call it goin’ to Church.
If you happen to be in town, you don’t wanna miss this other Billy Briggs tradition… every Monday night at the Hootenanny – or “The Hoot” as most folks call it - an open air, open mic night up in Moose, just inside the Teton National Park… you never know who might hop up on stage. Could be you.
Back in 1932, John Wayne made his first speakin’ debut in the film “The Big Trail”, filmed right here in Jackson Hole. Some folks say it was the first time he ever rode a horse. Few of the folks here at MK know what to do with a saddle between their legs… speak the truth and ride a fast horse.
55 miles up the road from Jackson square is the south entrance to Yellowstone National Park - the first and oldest national park – established in 1872. Okay, maybe you knew that. But did you know that Yellowstone is one of the world’s largest active volcanoes? And that Yellowstone Lake is the largest high-altitude lake in the country? Now you do! Go tell yer friends. Better yet, come see it for yourself. And when you do, be sure to stop in our design studio for a spell.
The Snake River runs through it. Jackson Hole that is. The headwaters for the Snake are also up in Yellowstone National Park. Its first 50 miles run right through the Jackson Hole Valley. Folks, that’s some fresh – and cold – water.
The Bridger-Teton National Forest is the largest national forest in the lower 48. How big you ask?
Just a smidge shy of 1.7million acres.
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