By Robert B. Betts
The awesome valley of Jackson gap on the base of the hovering Teton variety has lengthy been a level on which a striking sequence of occasions has been acted out via an both awesome forged of characters. this can be that tale, instructed with a verve and pleasure which brings the previous 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 superb trip of John Colter, who again in 1807 is related to were the 1st white guy to have came across his approach in the course of the desolate tract and into Jackson gap.
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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.
The differences were settled, finally, through a bold stroke by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Using presidential prerogative, he named the region a national monument in 1943. But that was after a long period of strife in which John D. , Horace Albright, Struthers Burt, numerous politicians and all the local inhabitants took their differing stands. Betts' sympathies, be it said, are on the side of salvation. The author's interests are so many and varied as to put his book beyond easy classification. Pre-history, geological, animal and human, gets his attention.
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. Gary Wright, Department of Anthropology, State University of New York at Albany, who most considerately allowed me to read his excellent work on the early peoples of Jackson Hole while it was still in manuscript form; Almer Nelson, former manager of the National Elk Refuge for more than thirty years, who went over the chapter on the elk herd; Conrad Schwiering, eminent artist of the Tetons and the West, who atjust the right moment said just the right thing to rekindle my then almost extinguished interest; Joan Morcerf, who tirelessly and always with a smile typed revision after revision, giving more of her time than I had any right to ask; and my friend and business colleague John Peace and his son Bill, both of whom understood what I was trying to do and cheered me on in the belief that the job undertaken would somehow, someday turn into a book.
Along the Ramparts of the Tetons: The Saga of Jackson Hole, Wyoming by Robert B. Betts