The Grand Teton Natural History Association takes
pleasure in making available this booklet which is devoted to a few of
the fascinating historical tales of the Jackson Hole Country. Here, for
the first time, have been gathered together these stories of the
colorful past of the regiona past rich in the folklore and romance
of the West.
Here too, for the first time, is a source booklet of
stories suitable for telling in the magic, flickering light of the
campfire. These are tales which have been told around the campfires in
Jackson Hole. They are a partial basis for understanding the history of
On every hand there is interest in history. There is
an ever increasing attention to the American background in history and
folklore. A great many of the interesting stories of the Jackson Hole
region have been lost, but some have survived. A few have come down to
us by word of mouth from old timers, others have come from official
reports, some from the press, from diaries and from old letters.
That these tales of the past are available is
remarkable. Few of the mountain men, trappers, prospectors and wanderers
who came into the country in the early 1800's were inclined to write
very much. Indeed, they were occupied with the important task of
preserving life and limb a great deal of the time.
The references used in preparing the articles which
deal with the period of the Western Fur Trade will provide hours of
entertainment for the reader who may wish to pursue the subject further.
No other era in America's past has captured the fancy and imagination of
our people quite so well.
I hope you will find "Campfire Tales" a valuable aid
in enhancing your interest and knowledge of the human history of this
HARTHON L. BILL, Superintendent
Grand Teton National Park