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John Moulton Barn - Wyoming

Photo by Jim Stiles
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Thomas A Moulton Barn inset - NPS

     Here in northwest Wyoming, just east of the Snake River, photographers and sightseers Mormon Row Photographers - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming will find one of the most classic views of the Old West. In Teton County, north of the confluence of the Snake and Gros Ventre rivers, Antelope Flats is a broad valley on the Snake River floodplain and known as a sagebrush flat. The valley floor, just east of its more famous neighbor, Jackson Hole, is covered in a mix of big sage, low sage, antelope bitterbrush and more than 20 species of grasses. Small mammals living among the sagebrush attract a variety of raptors, including eagles, owls, falcons and hawks. Larger mammals, including badgers, coyotes, wolves, pronghorn, elk, buffalo and moose, have thrilled Grand Teton National Park visitors for over a half century.
     Five Mormon families settled in Antelope Valley in 1889. Today, one of the last private parcels of land left on Mormon Row in the Grand Teton National Park once belonged to Clark and Veda Moulton. Clark was nine months old in 1913 when his father T. A. Moulton established his 160 acre ranch here. Veda was born a year later, just a short walk down the Row. Attending elementary school together, they say the rest is history. Today, that lone property is owned by Clark and Veda’s Grandson, Hal Blake and his wife Iola. The century old barns, Thomas A Moulton Barn - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming built by the Moulton brothers are two of the most photographed barns in America. Adjacent to the Thomas A. Moulton barn, the two-story gambrel barn of John Moulton is pictured here.
      The Antelope Flats Road and Mormon Row make a great side trip from the main attractions of Grand Tetons National Park. Six separate homesteads provide visitors a glimpse into this century old Row community. The buildings along Mormon Row were allowed to decay until recognized by the park service for their cultural value. These historic cabins and barns of Mormon Row, which stand in the shadows of the Grand Tetons, create one of the greatest iconic ranch scenes in America.

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