- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - The iconic elk antler arches that frame Jackson’s town square were in jeopardy a decade ago, but they are finally out of the woods.

The final antler was added to a set of four reconstructed arches on Friday, reports the Jackson Hole News and Guide (https://bit.ly/1KVTf8c ).

The 60-year-old structures had become unsafe, but it took the town and local rotary club nine years to replace them. The price of elk antlers started at $7 a pound and has since risen to $15 — a hefty sum when each arch contains up to 14,000 pounds of the antlers, according to Jackson Hole Director of Public Works Larry Pardee.

The Rotary Club raised the money for the arches, just as it did for the ones built in 1953. The money came from donations and the auction of the old arches, said project chairman Pete Karns.

He said the last arch sold for $59,000.

The antlers are placed onto new steel frames one by one. Nothing holds them in place besides friction, good placement and a few screws on the outer sections to deter would-be thieves, said Pardee.

The arches represent the “historical legacy of Teton County,” he said, with its proximity to Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks.

Pardee thinks the arches have become something of a brand logo for the town and hopes the last long enough to pass the legacy on to future generations.

He says he expects them to last another 50 years.


This story has been corrected to change to Jackson instead of Jackson Hole.


Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, https://www.jhnewsandguide.com

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