Charles R. Savage - Fine Art Prints of Historical Photos

Charles Roscoe Savage is another photographer included here who never had a studio in Oregon, but created some striking Oregon photos. Born in England in 1832, he joined the Church of Latter Day Saints there at the age of 14, before immigrating to the U.S. in 1855.

In New York Savage first learned photography; in 1859 he set up his first studio in Iowa; and in 1860 he traveled to Utah where he partnered with Marsena Cannon, an early daguerreotypist and photographer.

His most famous photo was that of driving the Golden Spike at Promontory Summit in 1869. Savage was also the first to photograph what is now known as Zion National Park area.

He traveled extensively throughout the West, and besides his Oregon photos, also produced images of Canada and Mexico, and California and Nebraska.

When Charles Savage died in 1909 he was an important figure in his church, where he was known for photographing the first six church presidents.

Unfortunately after his death most of his glass plates were destroyed in two studio fires. His prints have become much in demand by collectors.

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    Bridal Veil Falls - 1880s

    Bridal Veil Falls, the only falls below the historic Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway. Learn More

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