JACKSON, Wyo. —A new public art project that has repurposed the old Summit Lift chairs into benches is being unveiled in Jackson this summer and it evoked a memory for one of Buckrail’s readers of times past in Jackson Hole.

Barbara Cartwright of Lander, Wyoming, shared the photo of her and her father, Bob Miller, on the Summit Lift near the top of Snow King in July 1958.

Cartwright explained that her parents were both born and raised in Wyoming. They met in Baggs and married in Jackson in 1946. The family moved all around the world following Miller’s U.S. Air Force career but spent many summer trips passing through Jackson Hole.

“Jackson has been full of adventure and life for my family.”

Barbara Cartwright
Summit chairs are being installed around town to form a walking corridor from downtown to the Snow King summit. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

The first single-chair Summit Lift was installed in 1947 and was later replaced with a double chair in the late 1950s; after the photo of Cartwright and her father was taken. The lift was replaced again in 1981 and spun until March 2021. The current gondola opened in December 2021. In April 2022 Snow King announced that the Summit chairs would be sold for $1,500 each. Twenty-five chairs were donated for the public art project.

If you or a family member have a photo from times passed in Jackson Hole and would like to be considered for a SNAPPED, send Buckrail the photo and a brief description.

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.