By Robert B. Betts
The incredible valley of Jackson gap on the base of the hovering Teton diversity has lengthy been a level on which a outstanding sequence of occasions has been acted out by means of an both impressive forged of characters. this can be 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 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 arriving and going of the later Indian tribes; and the approximately fabulous trip of John Colter, who again in 1807 is related to were the 1st white guy to have discovered his manner throughout the desolate tract and into Jackson gap.
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OCTOBER, 1977 Page xvii Acknowledgments As this book slowly evolved and one difficulty after another arose, I was reminded more than once of a cowboy named Bill Howard who years ago lived in Jackson Hole. Tired of having to be outdoors on horseback in all kinds of bad weather, Bill decided to move indoors and make his living by writing books. His reason for believing there was nothing to it was beautifully simple. "There isn't one single word in any of these books that isn't in the dictionary," he said.
Perhaps. But it does convey the feeling this mountain-engirded valley evokes, although it falls far short as an accurate description of the terrain. Whereas the imaginary Shangri-la of Lost Horizon was a circular, verdant valley surrounded by towering, perpetually snow-capped mountains, Jackson Hole is an elongated, semiarid valley surrounded by mountains which are truly towering and perpetually snow-capped on only one side. Still, the word stands up. It catches the spirit of the placethe grandeur of the Tetons, the tranquillity of the valley and, perhaps more than anything else, the sense of remoteness one feels here that makes the outside world and all its turmoil seem far away, almost unreal.
Overwhelmed by superior numbers and arms, the longtime residents of the high country moved well to the north into Canada, ostensibly leaving Jackson Hole for the summer use of the new arrivals. They also ostensibly left it for the summer use of the other now-familiar Indian nations of the northern Rockies who not long thereafter appeared and claimed tribal territories along a far-reaching perimeter mostly to the north and east of Jackson Hole. Surprisingly, however, instead of being visited and utilized by these various tribes, even in summer, Jackson Hole was virtually abandoned by the Indians for more than one hundred and fifty years before white men first came into the mountains.
Along the Ramparts of the Tetons: The Saga of Jackson Hole, Wyoming by Robert B. Betts