At a height of 150 feet, this bridge in Dale Creek, Wyoming, sometimes swayed in strong winds. The longest trestle on the Union Pacific Railroad’s line, its soaring height and stilt-like supports still inspire awe. William Henry Jackson hiked partway into the dry, inhospitable creekbed to take this image, pointing his camera upward to maximize the […]
Posts tagged 19th Century
Friends and family of Theresa Babb perched on a ladder above Camden by the Summit House hotel on August 17, 1898. This photo comes from the personal collection of Theresa Babb, the wife of the treasurer of the Knox Mill in Camden, Maine. Her sister Grace Parker is at the top of the ladder. The Summit House […]
In the 19th century, American bison were hunted to near extinction. Entrepreneurs and hunters killed the animals for their prized skins and left their bodies behind to decay. In this picture, a poacher is seen standing on a pile of around 100,000 bison skulls waiting to be crushed down for fertilizer.
One of several delegations that Red Cloud (center) led to Washington between 1870 and the 1890s (this picture is believed to have occurred in June 1880) to advocate on behalf of the Sioux. Left to right: Red Dog, Little Wound, John Bridgeman (interpreter), Red Cloud, American Horse, and Red Shirt. Oglala Sioux, before 1876.
Eggnog is one of those things you either love or hate. Whatever opinions West Point Military Academy officials had about eggnog before Christmas 1826 is unknown. After Christmas 1826, officials at one of the country’s most prestigious and disciplined military academy came to loathe the holiday drink. After all, a riot fueled by eggnog destroyed […]
The cowboy was one of the quintessential symbol of the American frontier. Photographer J.C.H. Grabill took this 1887 photo of a cowboy posing on a horse with a lasso and rifle attached to the saddle. At the time, Grabill was living in Sturgis in the Dakota Territory so it is possibly this photograph was taken there.
Maria Spelterini was an Italian tightrope walker. Accounts state that she grew up around her father’s circus troupe. At the age of 3 she performed in public for the first time. As she grew older, she embarked on a solo career and made a name for herself around Europe as a tightrope artist. On July […]
Punt guns were originally designed in the 19th century to kill as many waterfowls in one shot as possible. In the early 1800s, mass hunting of waterfowl was largely an accepted practice in order to supply commercial markets with meat. Waterfowl were also used for fashion. By the mid-1800s there was a high demand for […]