When Did Jackson Hole Become Popular?
After the Great Depression and the World Wars, vacations and travel took on a different form. People began using family automobiles instead of railroads and traveling at their own pace. This new trend encouraged people to take road trips to see more of America. While this change affected dude ranching, Jackson Hole benefited from a new era of tourism. As a result, motels began to open, and visitors started spending the night in the area.
Before Jackson Hole became popular, it was mostly deserted. Many travelers who visited the area were “dudes” and wanted to experience the western way of life. The Teton Pass, which is now inaccessible by horseback, was built specifically for dudes who wanted to experience western life. It was so popular with these visitors that William Henry Jackson convinced the government to establish a national park in the area.
Humans first settled in the valley around 11,000 years ago. Many fossils from this time period were found. A number of indigenous groups lived in the area and set up transportation routes and campsites. These groups included the Mountain Shoshone, the Eastern Shoshone, and the Plains Shoshone.
After the American Civil War, the area became a popular destination for tourists, especially for its mountain views and outdoor activities. Jackson Hole became a well-known destination for rodeos and equestrian events. During the summer months, the town hosts the Jackson Hole Rodeo, which includes bull riding, calf roping, and barrel racing.