It is tough to get an original shot of the oft-photographed barns on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park. Flickr says that this particular one is the most photographed barn in America and given the amazing landscape surrounding it, you can see why.
On the day I visited, I missed the best light of the morning and was too early for the evening but some dramatic skies helped liven (and soften) things up.
Built by T.A. Moulton in the early part of the 20th century, the barn is one of two and took Thomas Alma nearly 30 years to build. The area was settled in the late 1890s by Mormon homesteaders creating the community called Grovont.
A somewhat hidden gem in Rocky Mountain National Park and one which I visited for the first time this weekend. I never even knew the place existed until I saw a picture another photographer had posted recently and then knew I had to check it out.
Built in 1942, the barn lies in the shadows of the Never Summer Mountains in the park’s Kawuneeche Valley. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and one of the few barns left in Rocky Mountain as most others were removed to return the landscape to its natural state.
The ranch was last owned by Fred Dick who left it to his wife, Betty, when he died in 1992. The NPS tried to evict Mrs. Dick causing an uproar in the local community that garnered national media attention.
In 2006 Congress passed the “Betty Dick Residence Protection Act” which was then signed by President George W. Bush ensuring Mrs. Dick could remain for the rest of her life. Sadly she passed away in November of that year but did spend her last summer on the property.
One of the Moulton Family barns in this historic location first settled in the late 19th century. Pretty rugged country and the winters had to be absolutely brutal for early settlers. Feel free to share. (Read more here)
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