Jackson Hole: A View of the Grand Tetons Showing Bill Menor’s Ferry Crossing the Snake River in 1899


Tall, crusty Bill Menor arrived in Jackson Hole from Ohio in 1892 and he became a squatter on the west bank of the Snake. He built a low log house and set up a smallholding, eventually adding a store from which he sold fishing gear, tin pans and his own crops. Then came the building of the ferry. It was forty miles upriver to the nearest crossing place and even further southward, so entrepreneurial Bill chose his site well. The craft could accommodate a four-horse hitch and wagon if the leaders were unhitched and held alongside.

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