By Robert B. Betts
The excellent valley of Jackson gap on the base of the hovering Teton variety has lengthy been a level on which a extraordinary sequence of occasions has been acted out by means of an both outstanding forged of characters. this can be that tale, advised with a verve and pleasure which brings the prior 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 arrival and going of the later Indian tribes; and the approximately remarkable trip of John Colter, who again in 1807 is expounded to were the 1st white guy to have chanced on his method in the course of the wasteland and into Jackson gap.
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The arc grows shorter, curving back to less than nine million years ago, and the stage is set for the Tetons to break upon the scene. The dramatic device making it possible is a fault, a fracture-like weakness in the earth's crust, running north and south along a line which will soon mark the base of the upcast Teton Range. For millions of years, semifluid rock has lain below the plain which will shortly become the valley of Jackson Hole, and slowly, under the weight of the earth's crust, this semifluid rock begins to move subterraneanly.
But before they do, some four hundred and fifty million years ago the surface of the water in this region begins to ripple when below it the earth's crust gradually rises. Slowly, like the back of a great leviathan surfacing, land emerges and the site of the future Tetons comes into view. One hundred and fifty million years back along the arc, Mesozoic time flashes on the screen to reveal a tropical landscape dotted with palm trees, an expanse across which huge monsters lumber, reptiles so large their footsteps make the ground beneath them tremble.
7/55 subject : Jackson Hole, Wyoming--History. Along the Ramparts of the Tetons THE SAGA OF JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING By Robert B. Betts UNIVERSITY PRESS OF COLORADO NIWOT COLORADO Copyright © 1978 by Robert B. Betts International Standard Book Numbers 0-87081-113-4 (cloth edition) and 0-87081-117-7 (paper edition) Library of Congress Card Catalog Number 77-94083 Printed in the United States of America Designed by Bruce Campbell For my wife, Emmie. Except for her, I would never have gone to Jackson Hole to visit.