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The Jackson Hole Settlement Chronicles

The Jackson Hole Settlement Chronicles

Earle F. Layser

  • 1999


"The Jackson Hole Settlement Chronicles" is an authentic and richly illustrated account of Jackson Hole's earliest settlers and cast of Old West characters: Native Americans, mountain men, government explorers, miners, outlaws, cavalry, posses, squatters, game poachers and eccentric frontier figures.
Jackson's "bachelor settlers" are profiled and pictured, and the valley's infamous frontier episodes recounted. Exploitation of abundant wildlife played a crucial role in settlement. The tools of the early-day settlers were rifles, traps and poison. The plow, sun bonnets, and the family cow followed much later; as did also, recognition for conservation. What became of John Carnes and John Holland, credited with being the valley's "first Settlers," after they proved up, sold their homesteads, and moved on, is a vital part of the story, too.


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