News Release Date: June 21, 2013
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393
The sixth annual John Colter Day will be held on June 24 at Colter Bay Visitor Center. Colter explored the greater Yellowstone area during the winter of 1807-08, and was likely the first European to travel the region. To highlight this historical figure, Grand Teton National Park will offer programs on Monday, June 24, including demonstrations of the lives of mountain men of the 1800's and a presentation on John Colter's contributions to the exploration of the American West.
John Colter Day Highlights include: June 23-29, 2013 — Colter Stone on Display This stone—which is on loan from the Teton Valley Historical Museum in Driggs, Idaho— is a piece of rhyolite lava rock carved in the shape of a human head and engraved with the name John Colter, and the year 1808. Discovered in Tetonia, Idaho in 1933, the stone, if authentic, represents the only solid proof of the route followed by trapper and explorer John Colter. As a member of the famed Lewis and Clark expedition from 1804 to 1806, Colter was given an early discharge from the Corps of Discovery. He set out on his own from a fur trapping fort in the southern Montana territory and traveled south to present-day Cody, Wyoming. On his return, he passed through an area that is now part of Yellowstone National Park. A section of his journey is a matter of speculation; one theory indicates he traveled via Togwotee Pass, while the other commonly held view traces Colter's route through Jackson Hole, over Teton Pass and along the west side of the Teton Range.
Monday, June 24, 2013
11 a.m. – The Story of the Colter Stone Ranger Naturalist Dan Greenblatt will detail the legend and history of this fascinating artifact in the Colter Bay Auditorium. | 2:00 p.m. – John Colter: Mountain Man Superhero Dr. Barbara Mueller, professor of anthropology at Casper College, will discuss the life of John Colter, widely considered to be the first mountain man of the American West. In the Colter Bay Auditorium. 7 p.m. – The Life of a Mountain Man Join Ranger Andrew Langford as he re-creates the rugged life of a mountain man, enduring brutal winters and physical dangers in unmapped West during the 1800s. At the Colter Bay Amphitheatre. 9 p.m. – Who the Heck is Horace Albright? Join Ranger Doug Crispin for a talk about Horace Albright's critical role in the establishment of Grand Teton National Park. Albright was the superintendent of Yellowstone and second director of the National Park Service. At the Colter Bay Amphitheatre.
For more information about the Colter Day events, please call the Colter Bay Visitor Center at 307.739.3594.