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Watkins, Carleton E. Recollection of a trip to America

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03030 Author/Creator: Watkins, Carleton E. Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Photograph Date: 1873 Pagination: 1 v.

Summary of Content: Album of 67 photographs of the West, including San Francisco, Native Americans, Yosemite and Sequoia forests, Mormons, Salt Lake City (Mormon Tabernacle under construction), Brigham Young portrait, Colorado, and parts of Western Canada. There are also photographs of the railroad tracks and locomotive while stopped in a mountain pass. Some of the images may date from 1864.

People: Watkins, Carleton E., 1829-1916
Young, Brigham, 1801-1877

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: American WestMormonsReligionRailroadAmerican Indian HistoryTravelCanadaGeography and Natural History

Sub Era: Reconstruction

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