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Moose in Teton County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

From Rancher to Conservationist

Grand Teton National Park

 
 
From Rancher to Conservationist Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 26, 2015
1. From Rancher to Conservationist Marker
Inscription.
J. Pierce Cunningham settled here in Jackson Hole in the 1880s despite the hardships of winter. He initially opposed the expansion of Grand Teton National Park but later became an advocate. He teamed up with neighbor Josiah “Si” Ferrin to write a petition signed by 97 valley ranchers who agreed to sell their land to form a “national recreation area.” John D. Rockefeller, Jr.’s Snake River Land Company bought Cunningham’s land and other ranches. Rockefeller later donated over 33,000 acres to expand the national park.

The destiny of Jackson’s Hole is as a playground, typical of the West, for the education and enjoyment of the Nation, as a whole.”       J. Pierce Cunningham
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 43° 46.658′ N, 110° 33.46′ W. Marker is in Moose, Wyoming, in Teton County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 26, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located in Grand Teton National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Moose WY 83012, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cattle King of Wyoming (approx. 2.7 miles away); Tetons Inspiring Creativity
From Rancher to Conservationist Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 26, 2015
2. From Rancher to Conservationist Marker
(approx. 3.7 miles away); Capturing Nature in a Box (approx. 3.7 miles away); Meandering Snake (approx. 3.7 miles away); Potholes (approx. 4.1 miles away); Mount Moran (approx. 4.6 miles away); Valley View (approx. 4.8 miles away); Cattleman's Bridge (approx. 5.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Moose.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a photograph of the Cunningham Cabin. It includes the caption “Cunningham called this cabin home from 1888 to 1895. After he and his wife, Margaret, completed their ranch house, they used this building as a smithy and barn.” A drawing at the upper right of the marker depicts the Cunningham homestead in the late 1800s.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Marker in Grand Teton National Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 26, 2015
3. Marker in Grand Teton National Park
Cunningham Cabin image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 26, 2015
4. Cunningham Cabin
Cunningham Cabin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 26, 2015
5. Cunningham Cabin Marker
Cunningham Cabin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 26, 2015
6. Cunningham Cabin Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 120 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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