New information reveals that namesake of peak in Grand Teton NP was sexual harasser

The first superintendent of Grand Teton National Park has a mountain named in his honor — a long-lasting legacy that a leading park historian says is perhaps undeserved.

Samuel Woodring, who presided over Teton Park from 1929 to 1934, was removed from his post by National Park Service cofounder Horace Albright after he was reported to have fondled a baby sitter. It’s an allegation that was never publicized — not in the newspapers, nor in the history books — but was stumbled upon in the late 1970s by Moose resident and retired professor Bob Righter while he was researching his 1982 book, “Crucible for Conservation: The Creation of Grand Teton National Park.”

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