Jackson Hole Wyoming
Located in the Northwestern part of the state of Wyoming, Jackson Hole has been a destination spot since the great days of the early trappers. Including those early explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. It is believed that John Colter on his return journey home from the Pacific Ocean he traveled through the Jackson valley in hopes of opening up a new source for beaver pelts. It is believed John Colter traveled through Crow territory to persuade them to trap these beavers. This was in the winter of 1807-08.
The fur trade of the early 1800’s was focused primarily on the beaver. The fashionable top hats of the day were hand crafted from the prime beaver pelts that the fur trade harvested from places just like Jackson Hole. Jackson Hole was one of the locations that for a period of time it was the center of the summer fur trade and men gathered from all over the region to trade their goods as well as partake in a few good shots of drink and enjoy the merriment of the day.
Long before the likes of Lewis, Clark and Colter, this area was the summer home and hunting grounds for native tribes such as the Shoshoni, Crow, Blackfeet, Bannock, Nez Perce, and the Gros Ventre. Others such as Jim Bridger, Jedediah Smith, William Sublette and David Jackson were among the first white men to discover, hunt and trap in this beautiful place.
Home to David Edward Jackson in the early 1800’s, Jackson Hole it is believed got it’s name from this early trapper. In the winter of 1829 William Sublette and David Jackson spent the winter along the shores of Jackson Lake. A hole was a high mountain valley surrounded by mountains and thus they started calling it Jackson’s Hole.
Later this valley saw the likes of people such as mountain guide and trapper Richard Leigh also known as Beaver Dick, and photographer William Henry who was the first photographer to take photos of this area which later help convince the federal government to protect the Yellowstone basin and make it the world’s first National Park. Hayden first photographed this area during the 1871 – 1872 Hayden Expedition. Hayden took the first known photos of the Tetons and the Yellowstone area.
The history of this area continues on to this day. In this beautiful part of American much of our western history was forged. The event known as the Oregon Trail intertwined it’s trails throughout the state of Wyoming and many of the trails passed right through this area. Good and bad has happened here for hundred of years and today Jackson Hole and the Yellowstone basin is now one of the most visited places on earth.
From my first visit here in 1976 it was clear that there was something very special about this place. Not so much the town of Jackson which is certainly a nice place to live and visit, but it was
more about the entire region. Few places exist on earth that one can see and experience the shear magnitude of Mother Natures majesty. I hope that through this website and blog , Jackson Hole Tim, I can share some of what so many people from past generation traveled here to find and hopefully we will continue to preserve this treasure for many future generations to see this part of our world.
All of our products are made right here in Wyoming. Many of our products such as our hats, jewelry, flute blanks and photographic art are sold under our brand name “High Altitude Designs”. Our logo is a direct representation of the place we live and work. The Yellowstone Basin is a magical place and it is home to the Grand Teton Mountain Range. Our Whimsical interpretation of the Tetons is found in our green brush stroke logo. The rest goes without saying… we are living and working at High Altitude and it is this place that inspires our designs.
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Wyoming through the lens of a camera is an amazing place to see. So many vistas, history, wildlife, National Parks just so much to take in. Through the lens of my camera I hope to share some of what makes Wyoming such an amazing place to visit, work, live and raise a family.
This Wyoming Ram was taken this past winter of 2017 in the Miller Butte area of Jackson Hole Wyoming. This is a 12′ x 12″ 1/4″ thick acrylic mounted photo on metal paper. Custom framed in Alaskan Yellow Cedar and finished in a high gloss lacquer. Outside dimensions of the frame are 14″ x 14″.
Whimsical Feather Life Earrings
For several years we have handcrafted these beautiful earrings right here in our shops located at high altitude. These earrings are fully handmade with all of the findings being of 100% Sterling Silver or Gold Filled. Light on the ears, durable and beautifully finished these are quickly becoming a favorite. No two pair are the same and each pair ships in its own box. We are currently seeking retail shops and boutiques to carry our very unique and
North American Bison Hides Inbound to Shop
We are bringing back many color selection of tanned Bison hides for flute builders