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    Grand Teton

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Elk Ranch

Cattle Drive
A wrangler driving cattle at the Elk Ranch.
Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, #HS.4191.001.
 
Haystack eaten by Elk

Haystack eaten by elk in winter, 1930.

Cattle King of Wyoming

Josiah David Ferrin, nicknamed “Uncle Si,” represented the closest Jackson Hole came to a cattle baron. He ranched near the town of Jackson until 1908 when President Roosevelt opened lands in the Buffalo Valley to homesteaders. Ferrin’s wife, Edith, dispatched a messenger to alert her husband at his String Lake camp. Ferrin immediately saddled his horse and galloped east, fording a dangerous section of the Snake River, to stake his claim.

Ferrin purchased adjacent properties and secured a lucrative contract to supply beef to Reclamation Service crews building Jackson Lake Dam. By 1920, his family owned the largest outfit in Jackson Hole with 2,000 cattle on 400 acres – an empire earning him the nickname “Cattle King of Wyoming.” However, in 1928, an agricultural depression motivated him to sell to the Snake River Land Company. Today, the grasslands seen from the roadway remind us of the herds of cattle that once roamed this land.

How to get there: Drive north on highway 191 to the Elk Ranch Turnout where you can view the grassy fields. The vegetation provides many opportunities for sighting wildlife such as pronghorn, bison and elk. Please stay 300 feet from any large mammals for your safety and theirs. During the summer, horses from a private ranch can be seen grazing.

Did You Know?

Bill Menors Ferry

Did you know that until the 1890s no one had settled on the west bank of the Snake River in the central part of Jackson Hole? William “Bill” Menor built a ferry at Moose to shuttle patrons across the river, the only reliable crossing point between Wilson and Moran.