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This undated view of the city of Victor was taken looking north at the west side of Main Street. Photo from the Teton Valley Museum collection.

Stanley M. Boyle may not have been Nostradamus, the famous 16th century French seer, but he was pretty good at predicting Victor’s future.

In Boyle’s “Narrative History of Teton Valley” written in 1928, he made the statement that Victor (his home) seemed to have the best prospects for developing than any other of the settlements in Teton Valley.

“The shipping and trade it had from Swan Valley and Jackson Hole was, and is, enough to make this place exceed the Driggs colony in trade and growth,” he wrote.

At the time he made the statement, Driggs had a population of about 800, while Victor’s population was 450.

Boyle was on to something when he mentioned trade with Jackson Hole, though he stopped short of predicting the short commute for workers, since it wasn’t so short in 1928, especially in the winter.

But look at Victor now, population about 2,200, while Driggs has about 1,800 people.

Edlefsen is a volunteer at the Teton Valley Museum, where research for these columns occurs.

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