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Valley and Bridge at Dale Creek (editor's title)

Dale Creek, Wyoming
A large wooden trestle crossing Dale Creek, a dry gulch in this photograph, west of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Two temporary worker habitations appear in the foreground. The one on the left, a clapboard structure, is of a style associated with temporary mining and railroad buildings. The creek bed is littered with pieces of equipment and construction debris, suggesting that Russell asked workers to leave for awhile so that he could use a long exposure.
Source Oakland Museum of California
Coverage Spatial, Dale Creek, Wyoming; Temporal, c. 1868
Rights Oakland Museum of California
Date Created c1868
Resource Type
Depicted Railroad
Location Dale Creek, Wyoming
Creator Description Andrew J. Russell (1829-1902) made two trips as official photographer for the Union Pacific in 1868 and in 1869. His extensive series, "Union Pacific R.R. Stereoscopic Views,” showed construction from Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory, to Promontory, Utah Territory. In 1869 he continued coverage of the Pacific Railroad as far as Sacramento, California. His collection of more than 200 large-plate and 400 stereo-glass negatives is at the Oakland Museum of California. Russell grew up in Nunda, New York, where his family worked in canal and railroad construction. As an army captain during the Civil War he was assigned special duty as photographer for the United States Military Railroad. After he finished the railroad project in the West, he returned to New York City and joined Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper as a full-time staff photographer in 1870. Leslie’s attributes some photos to “our staff photographer” while credits others to Russell. Russell continued at Leslie’s until 1891, when he applied for a disability pension from the military, retired, and moved to Brooklyn.
Collection Oakland Museum of California
Image ID H69.459.1858
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