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Telegraph Corps at Work near Weber Canyon

Telegraph Corps near Weber Canyon, Utah
A dozen or so men and a dog near Weber Canyon, Utah, where the men were extending the telegraph line. A dog lies on the hand car on the tracks. A "boss" in a suit with gestures in a congratulatory way to a worker atop a telegraph pole in the foreground. Another worker appears on a pole in the background. The poles have not been strung with wire.
Source Oakland Museum of California
Coverage Spatial, Weber Canyon, Utah; temporal, c. 1868
Rights Oakland Museum of California
Date Created c1868
Resource Type
Extent Not available
Depicted Railroad
Location Near Weber Canyon, Utah
Depicted Occupation
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 H69.459.2315
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