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Historic Jackson Lake Lodge
Homestead Era
Jackson Lake Lodge Architecture
Native American Artifacts
Rendezvous Murals
Trappers Bride Mural



Homestead Implements



The Homestead Act of 1862 opened large areas of public land in the west for anyone to claim as their own.  Although there was definitely no “land Rush” to settle Jackson Hole, the first homesteaders began to settle the area in 1864, and by 1888 twenty three hardy individuals lived through out the area.  First claiming land on the valley floor where wild grasses grew, they irrigated, plowed, and planted more acres to feed their livestock. Bill Menor and was the only place to cross the Snake River as it proved vital in the settlement of the West of the Snake River on the land that would become Grand Teton National Park. The human history of Jackson Hole is a story of how a place of great natural beauty was used, treated, and in some instances, preserved.


Slim Lawrence, longtime caretaker of the AMK Ranch was an amateur archeologist who loved to collect remnants of the past.  His collection grew so large that he eventually founded the Jackson Hole Museum.  Jackson Lake Lodge is proud to display some of Slim’s collected artifacts that will visually carry you back to our early Homestead era.  Try your luck identifying these implements of our early settlers and when you’re stumped, ask for the “Artifacts Key” while finishing your meal in the Pioneer Grill.


On the walls of the Pioneer Grill is a collection of 29 black and white images from the book "The Early Days in Jackson Hole" written by Virginia Huidekoper. Her story is told in over 150 black and white photographs, many from established archives, but many came from family albums and shoe boxes handed down through the generations.




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