Mountain Women

On our bike ride through Grand Teton National Park, Cathy and I stopped to see the Geraldine Lucas homestead.  It has the most amazing view you can imagine.

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In the early 1900’s Geraldine divorced her husband, returned to college as a single mother, and then eventually headed West to retire, building this cabin in 1913.  At age 58, she became the second woman to make the summit of the Grand Teton, which, incidentally, was the highest peak right outside her window.

Click here to read more about Geraldine and to see the famous photo of her on the summit.

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We tried to imagine what it must have been like to live here in the winter.  This is the very toboggan she used to go back and forth to town.

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These carriages were near Menor’s Ferry, which will be featured in my next post.  This is one of the Robert and Grace Miller wagons that was used to cross the pass into Jackson Hole in 1888 — imagine that!

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The Miller home is on the National Elk Refuge.  I have shared a post about it previously.  Here is a photo of the home.


Grace Miller became famous in 1920 as a member of the nation’s first all-woman city council — she was elected Mayor — and the five of them were known as the “petticoat rulers.”

Other carriages here (near Menor’s ferry)  include ones from the Bar B C Dude Ranch and the JY Ranch.

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Cathy and I were thinking that any of these wagons would’ve been a pretty rough way to travel, especially in those days.  These were truly rugged pioneer women!


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