Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1986
Not on view
From mid-1868 until 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, Utah, a Mormon settlement even before the arrival of the railroad, Russell made this view of the frontiersman's precarious hold on a terrain that had until then been shaped only by millennia of geological forces.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 36," November 3, 2003–March 7, 2004.