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Jackson Hole, Wyoming: Town Square Antler Arches

Commercial Real Estate Agent with Contour Investment Properties

Taking down the antler arch in Jackson HoleHow 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.


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Tim Bradley
Contour Investment Properties
172 Center Street, Suite 200
PO Box 1152
Jackson, WY 83001
(307) 733-6400

CCIM logoTim Bradley is an owner of Contour Investment Properties, the only brokerage firm in Jackson exclusively focused on commercial and investment property in Jackson Hole and Teton Valley. Tim has earned the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute as well as the CCIM designation from the CCIM Institute.

Comments (7)

Rebecca Gaujot, RealtorĀ®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

If I visited Jackson Hole, I would definitely take a photo of the antler arches.

Jun 12, 2011 02:12 PM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

I have some pictures around here somewhere of me at the antler arches back in Summer 1973 and again in May 1999.

Jun 19, 2011 12:45 AM
Tim Bradley
Contour Investment Properties - Jackson Hole, WY
Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY

Rebecca, what's holding you back?

Russel, I'd say it's time for a return trip.

Jun 19, 2011 04:22 AM
Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty 916.408.5500 - Roseville, CA
Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments

Tim, that's an awesome "pay it forward" from the Rotary Club to raise money and collect the antlers for the antler arches! I know where I'd go to take a photo if I ever visited Jackson Hole, Wyoming! :)


Jun 26, 2011 07:12 AM
Tim Bradley
Contour Investment Properties - Jackson Hole, WY
Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY

Thanks, Leilani! I hope you do make it out here someday.

Jun 26, 2011 01:46 PM
Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming

Geez, that's alot of antlers!  Thanks for the background story....

Jun 29, 2011 04:51 PM
Katerina Gasset
The Gasset Group & Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Provo, UT
Amplify Your Real Estate & Life Dreams!

Wow. 10,000 pounds... that is a lot! No wonder tourist take picture on the arch.. it is such a unique and memorable place. Thanks for sharing 

Dec 03, 2011 11:18 AM