|From left to right: Nelson, John D. III, Laurance and John D. Rockefeller, Jr.|
This photo is on display at the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve's Visitor Center.
Over the next decade, the ranch buildings were razed or remodeled to became his family's favorite vacation destination.
|Laurance S. Rockefeller|
Photo displayed at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center.
Monday Tim and I signed up for a ranger-led tour of the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve. Laura, our ranger, led us to the site of the JY Ranch on the banks of the crystal-clear Phelps Lake. She passed around the following photo and allowed me to photograph it.
And so it is! The lodge, cabins, stable and other buildings have been removed. Now a meadow is growing in their place.
When Laurance gave the final parcel of the ranch to the National Park Service, he retained the right for the Rockefeller family to reclaim the acreage if NPS did not strictly follow his instructions, including his caveat that the Preserve's parking lot should have no more than 50 parking spots. He believed that any more would bring too many people to the Preserve at a time. Such crowds would compromise the serenity and beauty of his bequest.
As we walked the property, I wondered how the Rockefeller family could bear to part with this beautiful place situated close to the southern boundary of the Grand Teton National Park. But I grateful to be a Rockefeller beneficiary!