As an up-and-coming actor, Harrison Ford made ends meet as a self-taught carpenter, hustling to auditions and making a name for himself while completing projects for a slew of Hollywood heavy hitters, including Academy Award winner Francis Ford Coppola. (See The Land Report, Fall 2017.)
By the time Return of the Jedi hit box-office gold, however, Ford was ready to leave LA. Sun Valley was an early contender, but Jackson Hole eventually won out. “It was about water, streams, animals — a grand expression of nature. The Tetons rising sharply from a flat, high mountain plateau,” Ford said.
Of the many parcels that were on the market in the early 1980s, the one that caught his eye was an 800-acre retreat nestled along the banks of the Snake River. Ford immediately took to the land and to the locale. He happily ditched the bright lights of the big city for the quiet splendor of the Northern Rockies.
“I need balance. I need to be in a situation where my every need is not attended to, where I have to fetch my own nails, do my own shopping, and wash my own dishes.” And Jackson gave it to him.