May 5, 2011
Grand Teton National Park, downhill skiing, National Elk Refuge, and the antler arches on the Town Square corners.
The four arches have been visible in the Town Square since 1960 and are made from elk antlers. Every year over 5,000 elk winter in the National Elk Refuge northeast of Jackson. The bulls shed their antlers each Spring, and the discarded horns are then gathered by the local Boy Scouts to be sold at public auction in the Square each May with 80% of the proceeds returned to the refuge for feed, research, and management. Ten to eleven thousand pounds of antlers are sold annually.
All four of the Jackson Town Square arches were built by the Rotary Club. The arches were replaced in the last decade with the antlers from the old structures sold at auction.