Near Tetonia in Teton County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Hinged at the base of the ridge before you, a block of rock 40 miles long broke along a fault line, where the rock tipped up to become the top of the ridge. During the past 1/4 million years, extensive glacial ice sculptured these spectacular peaks from the hard, resistant granite.
Erected by Idaho Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 315.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 43° 47.544′ N, 111° 6.648′ W. Marker is near Tetonia, Idaho, in Teton County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 33 at milepost 136.5 and Trouts Ranch Road, on the left when traveling north on State Highway 33. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 485 Idaho Highway 33, Tetonia ID 83452, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Colter (a few steps from this marker); Fordson Tractor (approx. 3.4 miles away); Tetonia School Bell John Colter (approx. 4.7 miles away); Teton County Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.7 miles away); Pierre's Hole Rendezvous and Battle (approx. 5.9 miles away); Pierre's Hole (approx. 7½ miles away).
Also see . . . The Grand Tetons -- Greater Yellowstone Resource Guide. The first recorded American to see the Tetons was American adventurer John Colter in 1907, a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, he got hired away form Lewis and Clark on their return from Oregon by fur trader Manual Lisa to do some reconnaissance and PR work for Lisaźs trading post on the Yellowstone River. Colter was also the first American to see Yellowstone. Fur trappers, traders, and mountain men followed suit to frequent the range in the first half of the 19th century.
During the mountain man era the Grand Tetons served as helpful landmarks for the region because you can see them from so far away. French trappers, a no-nonsense lot, named the Grand Tetons ("Big Teats” in English) for their resemblance to women's breasts. (Submitted on September 16, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 95 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 16, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.