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Stock# 91643

Pacific Northwest Train Travel: Alaska, British Columbia + Southern California & California Oil (Maricopa, Kern County)

An album of about 240 lively and evocative original photograph snapshots in the West, documenting family travels over the period 1908-1916, likely compiled by a young woman. The images cover many places, with images of train travel (sometimes taken from a moving train) along some of the main western routes of the day: the Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, and the Canadian Pacific.  Includes photographs of Southern California (especially Bakersfield and Long Beach), ship travel on the Princess Sophia to Pacific Northwest, via inside passage to Alaska (Wrangle, Ketchikan, Taku Glacier), also Victoria, British Columbia, and more.

Approximately 20 photographs relate to the operations of the Adeline Oil Co. at Maricopa (near Taft) in Kern County, California, including oil flows, derricks, buildings, etc. Also, nice clear images of family homes, including Southern California bungalows, an ostrich farm, early automobiles, family members, pet dogs, and the like.

The images are extensively captioned on the album leaves.

A selection of the captions here follows:

  • The Barracks, our Bakersfield home
  • Santa Fe Round House, Bakersfield
  • Land Company Building
  • Helen in the Poppy Bed.
  • County Hospital, Bakersfield, Cal. 1908.
  • Greek Theatre
  • New High School
  • San Francisco after the fire
  • Japanese Tea Garden, Gold Gate Park
  • The locks on Columbia River
  • Battleship Maine
  • Mt. Shasta
  • Columbia River, 1908: Cape Horn, Castle Rock, Cascade Lock.
  • Battleships New Jersey, Rhode Island, Nebraska
  • Bremerton Navy Yard 
  • Waterfront, Seattle
  • Victoria, B.C. / Vancouver, B.C. 1908
  • Deception Pass
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Pulpit Rock
  • Weber River
  • Devil's Slide
  • Ogden, Utah
  • Southern Pacific Railroad, 1908 / Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Canadian Pacific Railway, 1908 ["our train from side window, Illecillewaet River"]
  • Our Train at Spark
  • Marinette, Wisconsin
  • Camp at Chautauqua, Marinette.
  • At Long Beach, Summer of '09
  • Adeline No. 1
  • Oil Flowing from Well 24
  • Long Beach in 1912
  • Alaska in 1913
  • White Horse Pass
  • Taku Glacier
  • Captain Campbell of the "Princess Sophia"
  • Yellowstone National Park in 1916
  • Kepler Cascades Between Old Faithful Inn...
Condition Description
Oblong octavo black leather photo album, stamped with morocco grain. 240 original photograph prints, most measuring 3 x 4 inches. Many of the prints appear to have been printed by an amateur. Some of the prints exhibit minor fading. Overall condition is excellent.