It truly takes a village to create and maintain the quartet of iconic Antler Arches bracketing Town Square. Every fall, the Boy Scouts gather shed elk antlers from the nearby National Elk Refuge, and in the early days, the Rotary Club paid the scouts 50 cents per antler. Now, the Rotary Club maintains the arches. The first antler arch was built on the southeast corner of the square in 1953; the others were added in 1966, 1967, and 1969, respectively. After more than 50 years of wear and tear, the original antler arch was replaced in 2007 (the old arch sold at auction for $50,000 to a local businessman). Since then, two more arches have been replaced, leaving the northwest corner as the only remaining original arch (the Rotary Club plans to refab it soon).
Description provided by: Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum