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.