Unbelievable View

Trip Start Dec 05, 2012
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Saturday, September 7, 2013

We made our way north from Jackson Hole to the Grand Teton National Park. We had seen many pictures of the park, but seeing it in person was in one word "unbelievable." The pictures in the blog do not give the view justice! To put this grand place into perspective the following is some history which created it. 
Yellowstone National Park had been established in 1872, and by the close of the 19th century, conservationists wanted to expand the boundaries of that park to include at least the Teton Range. By 1907, in an effort to regulate water flow for irrigation purposes, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation had constructed a log crib dam at the Snake River outlet of Jackson Lake. This dam failed in 1910 and a new concrete Jackson Lake Dam replaced it by 1911. The dam was further enlarged in 1916. Further dam construction plans for other lakes in the Teton Range alarmed Yellowstone National Park superintendent Horace Albright, who sought to block such efforts. Jackson Hole residents were opposed to an expansion of Yellowstone, but were more in favor of the establishment of a separate National Park which would include the Teton Range and six lakes at the base of the mountains. After congressional approval, President Calvin Coolidge signed the executive order establishing the 96,000-acre (39,000 ha) Grand Teton National Park on February 26, 1929.  
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tendashseven
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Picture perfect. It doesn't look real. Excellent photography!

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