One of the first settlers of Jackson Hole (originally known as “The Hole” ) was Richard “Beaver Dick” Leigh who arrived in 1870 with his first wife Jenny. Leigh Lake is named after Dick Leigh and a nearby lake is called Jenny Lake, named after Dick’s wife, a Shoshone woman who he married. Dick Leigh was born in Manchester, England. At age 16 he ran away from home and joined the Hudson’s Bay Company. In 1872, he acted as guide for the Hayden Expedition into Jackson Hole. Shortly before Christmas, 1876, the Leigh’s gave shelter to a woman and her child whose family had died of smallpox. As a result, the entire Leigh family, Jenny and the five children died of the disease. Dick, himself, also contracted the smallpox but survived.
Just a little Grand Teton History for you on this Friday. This is Leigh Lake in Grand Teton National Park. Have a Great Weekend!