How many antlers does it take to make one of the Antler Arches on the Jackson Hole town square?
The Town Square has an antler arch on each of its four corners, which have served as the backdrop for countless photographs taken by visitors to Jackson Hole. We get an estimated 3,000,000 visitors each year, and I'll bet that half of them stop for a photograph in front of the arches before they head over to the Cowboy Bar for another photo op on a saddle at the bar.
The arches were built around 1950, and have slowly deteriorated. Over the past three years, two of the arches have been taken down and rebuilt with fresh antlers, and today, work crews were dismantling the third arch on the northeast corner of the square. The Rotary Club of Jackson Hole has undertaken the herculean task of raising the money and collecting the antlers necessary for the work. Thank you Rotary!
How many antlers does it take? Well, this arch will require 10,000 pounds of antlers. Work will begin next week reassembling the arch, and don't worry, no elk were harmed in the process. Elk naturally shed their antlers early each winter. These antlers mostly came from the National Elk Refuge just to the north of Jackson.