Some more interesting facts:
Yellowstone was the world's first national park, created in 1872, 18 years before Wyoming became a state.
Grand Teton National Park was created in 1929 and greatly expanded in 1950 due to the determined efforts of John D. Rockefeller, who purchased and then donated a great deal of the land that is under protection today.
Jackson Hole was originally named after Davey Jackson, a mountain man who trapped in the area during the late 1800s. "Hole" was a term used in that day to describe a high mountain valley.
The National Elk Refuge, located just outside the town of Jackson, is the largest established elk preserve in North America. Up to 9,000 elk winter on the refuge, and visitors can enjoy close-up views on daily sleigh rides from December through April.
A whopping 97% of the 3,826,407 acres in Teton County are federally owned or state managed, including Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest, and the National Elk Refuge. Only 3% of the land in the Jackson Hole area is privately owned.
The Bridger-Teton National Forest is the largest national forest in the lower 48 states, encompassing 1,694,574 acres.
Wyoming, the professed "The Equality State," has hosted many of America's firsts including the first all-woman city council (elected to office in Jackson in 1920); the first woman Governor elected; and the first government in world history to allow women to vote (in 1869 — 51 years before the U.S. Constitutional amendment).
Among all 50 U.S. states, Wyoming ranks ninth in size and 50th in population with only five people per square mile!
The world's longest-running shootout, which began in 1955, is held six nights a week from May-September on the Jackson town square.
Wyoming's first ski area was the Snow King ski area, which opened in Jackson in 1939. Snow King celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1989.
The U.S. Voyager II spacecraft, launched in 1977 to explore unknown reaches of the solar system, contains an Ansel Adams photograph of Jackson Hole as part of its artifacts cargo.
The world's only public auction of elk antlers takes place on the Jackson town square on the third Saturday in May every year. Local Boy Scouts