National Register of Historic Places

Jackson Lake Ranger Station

Grand Teton National Park

Date Added to Register

Monday, April 23, 1990

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The Jackson Lake Ranger Station represents the last in situ U.S. Forest Service ranger station in Grand Teton National Park that dates to the Great Depression, and the redevelopment of facilities by the Forest Service after establishment of Grand Teton National Park. During the 1930s efforts to enlarge the Park under the leadership of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., led to the Forest Service resisting the efforts to take land from Teton National Forest for those expansions. As a symbol of that defiance, the Forest Service constructed the Jackson Lake Ranger Station in 1933 to make their presence felt as close to the Park boundaries as politically feasible. The Jackson Lake Ranger Station was one of five ranger outposts in the area manned by the Forest Service in the 1930s and is the only one not to have been heavily rebuilt and/or moved by the National Park Service after they took over the lands in 1943 as part of Jackson Hole National Monument and later an enlarged Grand Teton National Park. As such it represents an interim phase in the local development of conservation in Jackson Hole and the Forest Service presence and involvement in that process.

Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources