Zion’s Bank donates to preserve Mormon Row

Zion’s Bank has made a sizable donation to help preserve the Mormon Row Historic District in Grand Teton National Park. The bank announced in a Monday news release that it was donating $25,000 to the Grand Teton National Park Foundation to help restore six homesteads that date from 1895.

The district also includes the much-photographed T.A. Moulton Barn. Grand Teton National Park Foundation is raising $3-million for the district and the National Park Service will match $1.7-million, according to the bank’s release.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, had established homesteads east of Blacktail Butte beginning in the 1890s. The community of Grovont was created, and today is known as Mormon Row. The homesteaders clustered their farms to share labor and build community, a stark contrast with isolation typical of many western homesteads.

The Mormon Row Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997, offering visitors an opportunity to connect with the history of the park and understand the difficulty and isolation associated with historic settlement in Jackson Hole.

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