September Tram Diaries - Clocktower Removal
People turned their grief of losing the iconic 82-foot clock tower
steeple at the base of Teton Village into opportunity this month. They
sawed the clock's hands and removed numbers for mementos of the old
tram's era the night before demolition started.
"All of a sudden, people wanted to do something with the tower," said
Tom Spangler, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort General Manager. "The Friday
night before, people were taking numbers."
This month, crews - upwards of 40 people at times - worked on finishing
foundations for the new towers. Foundations and supports for the new
towers, which will be shipped over from Europe in spring 2008, need to
be finished by winter. Tower 2 is completely ready, but crews still
have some work to do on the other four.
Other September happenings:
The tram cars were taken down
Magnum Demolition began tearing down the bottom terminal.
And Garaventa Switzerland, a parent company to Doppelmayr CTEC, who
designed the new tram, started dismantling the massive cables. The crew
is cutting the 60 ton cables into 1,500-foot long spools. "They're
cutting it all up and trucking it out to a metal recycler," Spangler