god bless wyoming and keep it wild

About the Poster

NOTE: This poster in all its generations is no longer available. It was a wonderful run that started in 1984, I think the number of prints  in circulation was close to thirty thousand at last estimate. 


Behind the Quote is the story:


Jackson Hole Courier, September 2, 1926


GIRL PLUNGES TO DEATH IN TAGGART CANYON


Miss Becky Mettler, a fifteen year old guest of the Bar BC Ranch fell 100 feet to her death in Taggart Canyon last Monday afternoon.  The young lady was one of a small party of girls who with Mrs. Irving Corse were making a day’s pleasant jaunt into the mountains. The party had stopped to view the magnificent scenery and Miss Mettler, previously warned by Mrs. Corse, climbed into a dangerous position. She called for help and while Mrs. Corse was trying to reach her she fell into the canyon.


Mrs. Course dispatched the girls for help while she stayed by the body. To Peter Karppi of the Half Moon Ranch and Olie Van Winklc goes the credit of bringing out the body; a four mile trip down a treacherous mountain canyon without trails or light of day to aid them, a most difficult feat of mountaineering.


 Becky’s diary is quoted as saying, “God bless Wyoming and keep it wild” on a plaque at St. Johns Hospital. 


The girl will be buried at her home in Massachusetts.


Comment: This poster was my  number one selling print over almost three decades with over 30 thousand sold. It is also the only Grand Teton National Park poster that I produced that the Natural History Association never carried. Why? I quote: ' Because of the 'God' reference. Last time I looked all US currency has a 'God" reference. Was this just typical govenment hypocrisy, or a bad decision?

Other Art prints

Interpretation Of A Mountain Landscape

All the posters that follow I sold to the Natural History Association of Grand Teton National Park many years ago. They still sell a few of these poster, but have modified them to the point that aside from the image and maybe the quote I do not recognize them. 


When I first introduced these prints in the 80's we raised the bar by using only the highest quality inks, paper and multipal passes on the press to lay down varnish finishes to give the print a gallery look and finish not found on other posters of that time. That has all been removed from the current available posters.

Schwabackers Landing

One of the most iconic images of Grant Teton National Park. See all the pine trees in the foreground? Well, they have all grown to the point that this scene no longer exists, but that does not stop this as being one of the most photographed locations in the park today.

The Enchanted Mountain

This is shot from the west side of the Teton Range with a 4x5 large format camera while tethered to a snow cat, and hanging off the edge of a snow cornice from the top of Grand Targhee ski resort.  

Pheiffer Homestead

I am trying to find a copy of the poster print, and will post that as soon as I do.


This was my favorite location in the park. Sadly the park allowed it to burn during a brush fire in 1994.