Martin M. Hazeltine - Fine Art Prints of Historical Photos

Brothers Martin and George Hazeltine trained in photography in New York in 1852, before boarding a steamship to San Francisco the following year. There they operated a daguerreotype studio until 1855, at which time they went their separate ways.

Martin M. Hazeltine made his living almost entirely as a photographer, though he did briefly try mining. He traveled widely, photographing scenes from Yosemite to Idaho to Alaska. During the 1860s and 1870s he was based mainly in California.

He marketed many of his images as stereoviews, both on his own and through publishers such as John Soule of Boston, Thomas Houseworth of San Francisco, and Kilburn Bros. of New Hampshire. In 1885 he moved to Baker City, Oregon, where he established "Hazeltine's Excelsior Studio".

In 1888, Martin was assisted at fairs near Baker City by a young boy, Wesley Andrews, who later became a well-known photographer and postcard maker in the Northwest. Other photographers who worked with Hazeltine were Miss Josephine Rea and Miss Rata Allen.

Martin Hazeltine died in Baker City in about 1903.

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  1. Assembling a Steam Gold Dredge, Eastern Oregon - Hazeltine

    Assembling a Steam Gold Dredge, Eastern Oregon - c. 1900

    This large steam-powered gold dredge is under construction on an unidentified river somewhere in eastern Oregon, probably near Baker City, where photographer Martin Hazeltine operated his studio. Learn More
  2. Bertha Townley, with her Doll Carriage - Hazeltine

    Bertha Townley, with her Doll Carriage - c. 1889

    Bertha Townley, of Weiser, Idaho, here proudly shows off her doll and carriage in a formal portrait created in Hazeltine's Baker City, Oregon studio. Learn More
  3. Canyon City Brass Band in its Bandwagon - Hazeltine

    Canyon City Brass Band in its Bandwagon - c. 1895

    While we still refer to "jumping on the bandwagon", we rarely get to see a real bandwagon these days. The phrase originated when politicians learned that riding on the bandwagon was a great place to be seen at public events. Learn More
  4. Closeup of Old Blockhouse at the Cascades - Hazeltine

    Closeup of Old Blockhouse at the Cascades - 1880s

    This closeup view shows how the solidly built blockhouse still persisted thirty years after it was abandoned. Learn More
  5. First Baker City Depot - Hazeltine

    First Baker City Depot - c. 1885

    A crowd has gathered - perhaps for the arrival of a dignitary - in this early photo of the first Baker City Depot, built in about 1884, the year the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company's trains reached Baker City from the west. Learn More
  6. Grist Mill at White River Falls - Hazeltine

    Grist Mill at White River Falls - c. 1895

    We are estimating the date of this photo, as photographer Hazeltine worked in Baker City from 1888 to 1903. Learn More
  7. High Fashion in Baker City - Hazeltine

    High Fashion in Baker City - 1890s

    There was plenty of fashion in Baker City in the 1890s, and Martin Hazeltine, the photographer, was sophisticated enough to capture it for us. Learn More
  8. Klamath Falls Town View - Hazeltine

    Klamath Falls Town View - 1890s

    This circa 1890 photo looks across well-maintained farms and the lake to Klamath Falls and the hills behind the town. Learn More
  9. Lake near Old Blockhouse at the Cascades - Hazeltine

    Lake near Old Blockhouse at the Cascades - 1880s

    One of several lakes located near the Old Blockhouse at the Upper Cascades, on the north bank of the Columbia River. Learn More
  10. Overview of Baker City - Hazeltine

    Overview of Baker City - c. 1895

    This detailed overview of Baker City was created by Martin M. Hazeltine, who maintained a studio there from 1885 until his death in 1903. Learn More
  11. Rooster Rock, On the Line of the O. R. & N. Co. - Hazeltine

    Rooster Rock, On the Line of the O. R. & N. Co. - 1880s

    Though based in Baker City, Hazeltine took many photos of the Columbia Gorge, including this view of Rooster Rock, as part of his series "On the Line of the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company". Learn More
  12. The Old Blockhouse at the Cascades - Hazeltine

    The Old Blockhouse at The Cascades - 1880s

    The Old Blockhouse, across the Columbia River from Cascade Locks. Learn More

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