Some projects are already underway—and several are about to begin—at the Mormon Row Historic District in Grand Teton National Park. These projects will launch a 'summer of preserving the past' throughout an important cultural area located near Antelope Flats Road. This series of projects will stabilize historic structures, upgrade visitor services through parking improvements and the addition of a vault toilet, and provide new interpretive information about the significance of this historic district. Some project work will require a temporary closure and limited public access around the T.A. Moulton Barn and also the John Moulton "pink house" and other historic structures that lie north of the Antelope Flats Road.
Work on the historic structures will be partially financed through private funds provided by Grand Teton National Park Foundation donors, and a matching grant awarded through the National Park Service Centennial Initiative.
In early June, a five-person crew from the Western Center for Historic Preservation started preservation and stabilization work on the exterior of several historic buildings located within the Mormon Row district, and their activities will continue through September 30. Under direction from the staff of the Western Center for Historic Preservation, a Student Conservation Association crew will complete preservation maintenance projects from mid-July through early August.
In addition to the preservation work on historic buildings, other project work will include: construction of an interpretive trail that will run parallel to Mormon Row Road from the Antelope Flats Road to the Andy Chambers homestead cabin—a distance of .5 mile; construction of a southern parking area near the T.A. Moulton barn; installation of a vault toilet near the southern parking area; formalization of the parking area at the junction of Antelope Flat Road and Mormon Row Road; and construction of a bus turnaround spot on the Antelope Flats Road adjacent to the northern parking area. These infrastructure projects will require temporary closures and prevent public access for brief periods of time between mid-July and mid-August.
The most extensive historic complex remaining on Mormon Row is the Andy Chambers homestead. Andy Chambers claimed land in 1912 and secured the title under the Homestead Act by building a log cabin and stable and clearing ground to grow grain. He also built a windmill to produce electricity, which still stands on the homestead.
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