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Are You Prepared For The Eclipse?


As a community, we have heard and read about the upcoming Solar Eclipse for the last few years.   Now, we are just a few weeks away from this unique event and we want to make sure you are prepared, not only for viewing the Eclipse properly, but also for the impact it will have on Jackson Hole and the surrounding communities.
Solar Eclipse Jackson Hole
On August 21st, at approximately 11:34 am, we will experience 2 minutes and 15 seconds of Solar Eclipse totality.  This is the first total Solar Eclipse on American soil since 1991, the first complete sweep of the entire country since 1918, while the last Solar Eclipse on the mainland was in 1979.

Jackson Hole, Dubois, Casper and Teton Valley, Idaho are all in the direct path of the Eclipse, making our communities prime viewing locations.  While officials cannot pinpoint the expected number of visitors, the area hotels, campgrounds and short-term rentals are completely sold out.  Basically, we are expecting the population of Wyoming to double during the days before and after the event.

While this will be a very unique and incredible event to experience, the significantly high number of visitors who are coming to view the Eclipse will have a direct effect on our day-to-day lives and our community.  Below are a number of things to keep in mind for the Solar Eclipse.

1. Safety Glasses:  You MUST have safety glasses to view the Solar Eclipse.  The local optician offices are all selling them and you can also find them at a number of stores and the Grand Teton Park Visitors Center.

2. Gas: Fill your vehicles up with gas on the Wednesday or Thursday before the event.  The high influx of visitors will quickly deplete gas available at stations.

3. Groceries:  Stock up at least a week before the event so you have plenty of supplies for your family and any guests you may be hosting.

4. Emergencies:  Cell phones may not work during the Eclipse.  If you have an emergency, use a landline or text 911.

5. Internet/Cell Coverage: The internet and cell coverage may be disrupted during the eclipse.  If your business requires internet access for processing payments or other tasks, please plan on alternative options.  

6. Transportation:  Public officials are expecting significant traffic issues on the days before and after the Eclipse.  A bike will be the best way for you to get around the community.  If you have to drive, plan accordingly and add significant time to your travel schedule.

7. Business Closures:  Many local businesses are closing the day of the Eclipse.  This is due to transportation issues of getting employees to work, and many want their employees and their families to be able to enjoy this special event.  Please check the local paper for ads from businesses that are closing, or contact them before venturing out.

8. Temperature Drop:  If you go out to view the Eclipse, make sure to dress warmly.  The temperature will drop significantly during totality, so you will need warm clothes or a blanket.

9. No Flash Photography: Using a flash during the Eclipse will not help in taking pictures.  It will also hurt the eyes of those around you.  Take some time to research how to take night photography before the event.

10. Stay Home & View:  The best advice we can suggest is to stay home and view the Eclipse from your patio or lawn.

11. Patience:  We are all going to need significant amounts of patience surrounding the Eclipse.  Remember to lend a hand where possible, take a deep breath and take a little extra time in our day.  We want everyone to enjoy the event and our beautiful community.

For more information on the Solar Eclipse and special local events, visit www.tetoneclipse.com.

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Our Parks Next Door


While we are all familiar with two of our nation's most famous National Parks to our north, have you ever visited three very unique and interesting National Parks next door in Idaho?

Lava fields, fossil beds and beautiful waterfalls are just some of the spectacular features of Craters of Moon, City of Rocks and Hagerman Fossil Beds.
Craters of the Moon National Monument
Enjoy this blog post from the National Park Foundation and take the time to visit and explore some natural wonders next door in Idaho.

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Saddle Up At The Cowboy Bar


Visitors from across the world typically have one location they must visit in Jackson Hole - the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.  

They’ve seen pictures of the bucking bronc neon sign, they’ve heard about the saddle bar stools where they must have their pictures taken, and whether they like to two-step, cowboy swing, or just dance to their own beat, they want to kick their heels up on the dance floor at least once.  

The famed bar was the original location for a doctor’s office and the first bank in Jackson Hole back in the 1890’s.  When the bank was torn down, Ruby’s Café and Beer Garden was created, and then in 1937, Ben Goe purchased the bar and changed the name to the Cowboy Bar.  Following Prohibition the bar was the first establishment to receive a liquor license in the State of Wyoming.  

When Preston Parkinson purchased the bar in the mid-1940’s, he changed the name to Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, expanded it and is responsible for adding the knobbled pine that makes the interior so unique.  

A gas explosion in the basement in 1953 caused extensive damage to the bar and Mr. Parkinson was badly injured.  He recovered, rebuilt the bar and added the neon sign that has become an iconic symbol of Jackson Hole.  

In 1973 the bar changed hands again and the new owners installed the saddle bar stools and a red carpet made in London with the symbol and name of the Cowboy Bar.  

Today, the Cowboy is owned by Art & Carol Anderson who carry on the tradition of this classic western bar and some of the best live music in the valley.  Tourists and locals alike can be found sliding onto the saddles for a cold one, shooting pool and dancing the night away at Jackson Hole’s most beloved watering hole.    
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