Whether you are a photography buff, nature-lover, or arm-chair historian, you’ve no doubt come to know the iconic images of the weather-beaten Moulton barn sitting in front the vast Grand Teton Mountains.
The first Mormon settlers arrived to the area in the 1890s and establishing a community (originally named “Grovont” by the U.S. Post Office), but today known as “Mormon Row.” Seeking a sense of community and a necessary ethic to share the hard work of creating a homestead, the Mormon settlers clustered their farms near one another just east of Blacktail Butte. In fact, more than 27 homesteads were established in the area because of its fertile soil, shelter from winds (provided by Blacktail Butte), and access to the Gros Ventre River.
Though the settlers moved on, these simple but elegantly-lined homesteads have survived as a testament to the settlers resolve, and in 1997, the Mormon Row Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Today, two picturesque barns highlight Mormon Row, and have become iconic images for America’s Great West, making them a sought-after locale for historians and picture buffs.
Bring your camera, journal and pen, or watercolors because there is no doubt that you will be moved to express the incredible beauty that you see. Drive down Antelope Flats Road, park under the trees at the first stream, and walk into the fields for the iconic vantage point. The light is best in the morning with the sun on the face of the barn. You can even bring a blanket and picnic, but be careful, the meadows can be active with bison, deer, and prairie dogs.
John and Thomas Alma Moulton Barns
Settlers John and Thomas Alma Moulton built these barns on adjacent homesteads. After nearly 30 years of working the land, John replaced his log home and barn with a new pink stucco frame house and impressive, two-story gambrel barn north of Antelope Flats Road. South of John’s homestead, Thomas took over 30 years to build his gable-with-shed style barn. Photographers from around the world come here to see how the barn plays against the Teton Range in the background. You’ll be amazed at how the morning light captures the incredible strength and vulnerability of these structures.
that can only be appreciated by visiting the site first-hand.
Andy Chambers Homestead
The most extensive historical site 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, a backbreaking chore in the rocky soil. The family lacked running water until 1927 and harnessed electricity with a windmill in 1946, which still stands on the homestead.