The Town of Jackson officially celebrated 100 years on September 21, 2014. The Old West meets the New West in Jackson Hole and the community looks forward to creating the culture and heritage that will be celebrated at the bicentennial! Click here to "Like" the Jackson, Wyoming Centennial Celebration Facebook page!
Take Home a Piece of History! Would you like a Jackson Centennial Celebration souvenir? The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce has a limited number of commemorative silver dollars available at the Administrative Offices, 112 Center Street or call 307.733.3316. Visit Lee's Tees at 10 East Broadway or go to www.jhmarketplace.com for a selection of products such as baseball caps, t-shirts, and pint glasses.
Jackson Hole Explorer Magazine Celebrates the Centennial with TravelStorysGPS
A story of the incorporation of the Town of Jackson provided by TravelStoryGPS: "In 1914, the citizens of Jackson decided to incorporate their town so they could collect a license fee from a saloon owner who was operating illegally, but willing to pay a $1,200 license fee. Beforehand, county officials from the county seat in Kemmerer, Wyoming would periodically fine the saloon owner $300 to $400; finally, the residents of Jackson realized they would no longer have to send money to Kemmerer if they incorporated, which would enable them to collect a legitimate license fee. By sate law, that required a minimum of 150 residents. So, the leaders drew the town's boundary as far and wide as they could, in order to include every cabin and person they could find. But they still counted only 149 people. Fortunately, one of the women within the new boundary was pregnant. They asked her to name her baby, added the baby's name to the list, and incorporated the Town of Jackson."
Learn more about the history of Jackson! Download the TravelStorysGPS mobile app that informs and entertains travelers and locals about special sites of interest, communities, and land through vivid and engaging stories told in real time, triggered by GPS. Find a selection of stories in the 2014 Explorer Magazine.
The Mayor's Proclamation
Jackson, Wyoming Centennial Proclamation
WHEREAS, the Town of Jackson, located in majestic Teton County, was initially inhabited by robust settlers who dreamed of better and more prosperous lives; and
WHEREAS, one hundred years have passed since it was proposed that the Town of Jackson should be incorporated; and
WHEREAS, on September 21, 1914, forty-eight votes were cast in favor of incorporation and twenty-one votes against; and
WHEREAS, to honor its early settlers, its first Mayor, Harry Wagner, and councilmen J.R. Jones, J.C. Simpson, C.J. Wort, and H.W. Deloney and its namesake David Edward “Davey” Jackson a pioneer, explorer, trader and trapper; and
WHEREAS, we cannot, and should not, forget those individuals and organizations whose efforts and labor over the past one hundred years resulted in the quality of life that we enjoy today; and
WHEREAS, Jackson continues to be a beautiful, vibrant community of citizens who continue to have dreams and visions for future generations; and
WHEREAS, the Town of Jackson begins the Centennial Year for all citizens and visitors to celebrate with good will and the generosity of spirit that makes this community a star in Wyoming’s crown; and
WHEREAS, the Town of Jackson continues to be a hub of outdoor recreation surrounded by National Parks, National Forests and the National Elk Refuge, and has evolved into a center of arts and culture; and
WHEREAS, the Citizens of Jackson are a hardy group, and proud of our diversity and independence; and
WHEREAS, the Town of Jackson will soon begin its second one hundred years continuing to grow and prosper while maintaining its unique character, its focus on environmental stewardship, and its commitment to economic sustainability; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mark Barron, Mayor of the Town of Jackson, on behalf of the Town Council and the entire Jackson community I do hereby proclaim the year 2014 as the Town of Jackson’s Centennial Year, reminding everyone celebrating this Centennial that we should honor the past, celebrate the present, and continue to imagine and shape our future.
DATED THIS 18th DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2014.
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Jackson Centennial Celebration Past Events
Lynard Skynard Plays JacksonHoleLive!
Sunday, August 31
Thanks to the Town of Jackson Centennial Commission, JacksonHoleLive organizers and presenting sponsor Snake River Brewing for presenting the Town of Jackson’s Centennial Concert celebration featuring seminal southern rockers, the one and only Lynyrd Skynyrd on Sunday, August 31. Thousands of people gathered at Snow King Ball Field to celebrate community and rock and roll! For complete information, please visit http://jacksonholelivemusic.com/town-jackson-centennial-concert-welcomes-lynyrd-skynyrd-jacksonholelive/
The Historic Miller House Features Jackson Hole Quilt Guild
Saturday, September 20 from 10:00am-3:00pm
The Barn Bash: Art, Film, Discussion, Dancing and Dining
Friday, September 19 at 6:30pm
The Last Homestead and Far Horizons
Thursday, September 11