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Object Name
photograph
Title
Rocky landscape
Maker
Bell, William Abraham, 1841-1921
Dates
1867
Subject
Expedition photographs
,
Expeditions & surveys--West (U.S.)
,
Kansas Pacific Railway Company
,
Landscape photographs
Description
This photograph was taken by William Abraham Bell in 1867. The photograph shows an unidentified location with rocky hills and some trees surrounding a small pool or river.

In 1867-1868, the Kansas Pacific Railway Company (originally known as the Union Pacific Railroad Eastern Division) organized an expedition to survey potential railroad routes from Kansas to California. There were two expedition parties sent through Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and southern California led by General William Jackson Palmer (1836-1909). Doctor and amateur photographer William Abraham Bell (1841-1921) and professional photographer Alexander Gardner (1821-1882) were appointed to photograph the expedition. Bell traveled primarily with the expedition along the 32nd parallel ending in San Diego. After the survey, Bell was a prominent businessman in the United States and Colorado. He built and operated the Denver and Rio Grande Railway with Palmer and was involved in many other coal, mining, and business ventures.
Object ID
90.230.36
 
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