Friday, May 31, 2019

22 Stunning Photos of Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1948


For decades the amazing landscape of Jackson Hole has attracted visitors, but well before 
they arrived for the world-class skiing, or renowned Western art scene, or the national 
parks, people flocked to Jackson’s dude ranches.

The valley was settled like much of the West, by cowboys and ranchers. There were more 
bison than there were people in the area. The romantic idea of riding a horse below the 
stunningly jagged mountain peaks drew the area’s first tourists who came to stay at the 
region's dude ranches.

Alfred Eisenstaedt, a LIFE photographer, represented the valley in 1948 in dramatic 
Technicolor when “cowboy” was still a common profession in the valley and tourists visited 
real working ranches staying for weeks at a time.



Snake River with the Grand Tetons in the background, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1948.



Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1948.



Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1948.



Young cowgirl Esther Allen trout fishing in String Lake. Teton Mountains behind. Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1948.



Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1948.



Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1948.



Exterior of The Cowboy Bar with patrons hanging out outside. Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1948.



Guests sitting around fireplace and listening to live music at Bearpaw Dude Ranch. Jack Huyler, son of owner, is playing guitar. Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1948.



Room full of patrons gambling at The Cowboy Bar. Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1948



Broadway, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1948.



 Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1948.



 Highway 189 entering Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1948.



Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1948.



Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1948.



Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1948.



Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1948.



Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1948.



Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1948.



Jackson Lake and Grand Teton Mountain Range seen from the Ranch owned by Mr. and Mrs. Berol. Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1948.



Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1948.



Moose feeding in stream, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1948.



Entering Jackson Hole from the east along the Blackrock Creek with the Grand Tetons in the background. Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1948.




(Photos by Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)












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