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Sentinel Rock, Weber Valley

Andrew Joseph Russell (American, 1830–1902)

Date:
1867–68
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of Jeffrey Fraenkel, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.1146
  • Description

    From mid-1868 through the driving of the golden spike on May 10, 1869, A. J. Russell photographed the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad and the landscape of the "Great American Desert" through which it ran. At Echo City, a Mormon settlement even before the arrival of the railroad, Russell made two views of the frontiersman’s precarious hold on a terrain that had until then been shaped only by millennia of geological forces.

  • Provenance

    Jeffrey Fraenkel

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