Colter Stone now on display in GTNP

(Colter Bay, Wyo.) - Starting today, the Colter Stone will be on display at the Colter Bay Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park until July 5. This stone — on loan from the Teton Valley Historical Museum in Driggs, Idaho — is a piece of rhyolite lava carved in the shape of a human head and engraved with the name John Colter, and year 1808. Discovered in Tetonia, Idaho in 1933, the stone, if authentic, represents the only solid proof of the route followed by trapper and explorer John Colter. As a member of the famed Lewis and Clark expedition from 1804 to 1806, Colter was given an early discharge from the Corps of Discovery. He set out on his own from a fur traders’ fort in the southern Montana territory and he traveled south to present-day Cody, Wyoming. On his return, he passed through an area that is now part of Yellowstone National Park. A section of his journey may have brought him through Jackson Hole, over Teton Pass, and along the western slope of the Tetons. Monday marks the annual John Colter Day at the the Colter Bay Visitor Center. Colter explored the vast Yellowstone country during the winter of 1807-1808, and was likely the first European to ever travel the region. This marks the ninth year that Grand Teton has offered special presentations to highlight the life of John Colter and the mountain men of the 1800s. Here are the events happening Monday, June 27 for John Colter Day: *11:00 a.m. – The Story of the Colter Stone* Ranger Naturalist Dan Greenblatt will detail the legend and history of this fascinating artifact. *2:30 p.m. – John Colter: Mountain Man Superhero* Dr. Barbara Mueller, professor of anthropology at Casper College, will discuss the life of John Colter, widely considered to be the first mountain man of the American West. *5:30 p.m. –The Story of Sacagewea* Local author, historian and storyteller, Ken Thomasma, will talk about Sacagewea, a Shoshone woman who accompanied the Lewis and Clark expedition across the western United States from 1804-1806. *7:00 p.m. – Mountain Man of Jackson Hole* Ranger Naturalist Andrew Langford will re-create the rugged life of a mountain man, enduring brutal winters and physical dangers in the unmapped West during the 1800s. *9:00 p.m. – Run for Your Life: Then and Now* Dr. Barbara Mueller, professor of anthropology, will discuss historic adventures. *Feature Photo: Colter Stone, NPS Photo * #buckrail #news #whatshappening