“Collected from a nearby Elk Refuge”
Large, weird arch made out of antlers. George Washington Memorial Park is located at the center of Jackson, Wyoming. More generally known as "Town Square", the park is notable for its elk-antler arches at each corner of the park, collected from the nearby National Elk Refuge by Boy Scouts and periodically rebuilt. The square originally existed as an open space in the center of town that was made into a park in 1934. The park center also contains a stone memorial to John Colter. The Town Square originated as an open space in the middle of Jackson where no buildings had yet been built, surrounded by more developed blocks in the sparsely-settled street grid of the town. The area was used as a commons area by people and occasionally as a thoroughfare for migrating elk. In 1917 the town graded the surrounding street and obtained title to most of the land, using excess material from the grading to even out depressions in the square's surface. In 1924 the town undertook further improvements to the area, now called "the little park in the center of the town." The initiative yielded further grading. A few trees were planted, and were then indifferently maintained.
Jackson in general is just a great town. Fun people, great places to see as you walk around, the beauty of the Teton range, tons of local art galleries, and even wild west shows. Fun place for everyone! GREAT food too!
Interesting. Great for a quick photo op if your in the area.
Really neat downtown area to walk around in. The arches are a lot bigger than I expected. There are actually four of them in the center. Jackson in general has a lot of character and captures the idea of a small town in the west. Loved it! Totally worth a visit.
Kind of a neat thing to see. There are arches on all four corners of the park. A good photo op! A little buggy the day we visited but that's life!
They're made of elk antlers, since elk seem to be everywhere. There are 4 of them at each corner of the park. I personally love stuff like this and think they're a quirky and iconic photo op, but all it really is is a fun photo op and nothing more.
There are several of these in the town square which is packed full of any kind of shop you could want in the adorable vacation town. Great for a free souvenir photo while you're making your way through the people. Great town to visit!
It's hard to believe these arches are made of real antlers. Cool piece of architecture and a great photo-op. They're even better when they're lit up at night. Walk through town square if you have the time.
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