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

By Robert B. Betts

The very good valley of Jackson gap on the base of the hovering Teton variety has lengthy been a level on which a notable sequence of occasions has been acted out by means of an both extraordinary forged of characters. this is often that tale, informed with a verve and pleasure which brings the previous alive. In those pages, the reader will witness the dramatic construction of the Tetons; the arriving of the 1st people, bands of fur-clad Early Hunters who ventured into the valley a few 10,000 years in the past; the arrival and going of the later Indian tribes; and the approximately exceptional trip of John Colter, who again in 1807 is related to were the 1st white guy to have chanced on his means during the desolate tract and into Jackson gap.

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Campsites in the central and southern parts of Jackson Hole apparently are not as old, but they also confirm the fact that nomadic bands visited the valley from time to time during the course of many centuries. * The early occupants of this site do not appear to have been the same people who came down from Yellowstone to the northern campsites, nor does it appear that the two groups intermingled to any extent, rather preferring to keep a distance apart. However, there is good reason to believe that the bands in the south drifted into the valley from the Green River Basin to the southeast and were in some form of communication with the bands to the north, because at an archeological site in the Green River Basin obsidian originally from Yellowstone has been found.

Now comes the main phalanx of the range: deep and mysteriously shadowed canyons; blue-green forests of spruce, pine and fir; rock outcroppings shining as though a light glows from within them; and lush mountain meadows that dance in summer with the brazen colors only uninhibited Rocky Mountain wild flowers would dare to flaunt. It is an extraordinary scene made even more so by a phenomenon which occurs at this altitude, where the brilliance of the sun combines with the thinness of the air to make distances deceptive.

It literally drops down, tilting toward the west and placing even more pressure on the semifluid rock below. Most of the underground rock continues to flow north, but enough is forced to the west to act like a huge hydraulic jack beneath the land just west of the fault line, where from deep within the earth rocks which have been buried since Precambrian time are heaved skyward. As Jackson Hole falls, the Teton Range rises. This cataclysmic event does not take place in a matter of days or weeks or even months.

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