Pioneer homestead and Teton Range, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1960 by Phil Sultz



Frontier life by its very nature took root on the geographic rim of
rough times. In a comparatively short history of settlement lodged
within the predominance of nature, the past rides easily to the
foreground. Hard days in Jackson Hole the late nineteenth and early
twentieth centuries sought solutions bent on expediency. Little
thought was given to artistic modifications, yet in spite of it, or
because of it, something of aesthetic significance appeared above the
soil. In the gathering of local material for the plan of a most
frugal design, the settler would establish a firm union with the
source of his supply. Homesteads in Jackson Hole grew out of the
sage flats to produce hay for horses and winter cattle feed. Today
there is less evidence of homestead life, and so it went from
sagebrush to hay and back again.