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 present-day southern Montana and traveled south to present-day Cody, Wyoming. On his return, he passed through what is present-day 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.