1860s - Fine Art Prints of Historical Photos

1860s - Fine Art Prints of Historical Photos

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  1. Alfred Lewelling, Pioneer Horticulturalist, and his Family - William M. Stuart

    Alfred Lewelling, Pioneer Horticulturalist, and his Family - c. 1860

    When Henderson Lewelling brought his family to the Willamette Valley along the Oregon Trail in 1847, his then-15-year-old son Alfred drove the ox-team that pulled the now famous "tree wagon", filled with over 700 fruit tree starts. Learn More
  2. Benjamin Stark, Portland Founder & U.S. Senator

    Benjamin Stark, Portland Founder & U.S. Senator - c. 1861

    Born in Louisiana in 1820, Stark sailed to Oregon in 1845, where he soon purchased Asa Lovejoy's share of the land that eventually became downtown Portland, for $390. Learn More
  3. Blockhouse, Upper Cascades - Corps of Royal Engineers

    Blockhouse, Upper Cascades, Columbia River - 1860

    Fort Lugenbeel, also known as the Upper Blockhouse, was built in 1856 after the "Cascades Massacre" of the Yakima Indian Wars occurred just downstream. Learn More
  4. Boy from Salem in Military Garb - Buchtel

    Boy from Salem in Military Garb - c. 1862

    Early tintypes can rarely be attributed to specific photographers. We know this view was by Joseph Buchtel, as the original has an advertisement for his Salem "branch gallery" glued to its back. Learn More
  5. Captain Charles Wilkes - Silsbee, Case and Co.

    Captain Charles Wilkes - 1863

    Born in 1798, Captain Charles Wilkes is best known for leading the United States Exploring Expedition, which circumnavigated the world from 1838 through 1842, and spent significant time in the Pacific Northwest in 1841. Learn More
  6. Colonel George Wright - Brady

    Colonel George Wright - c. 1860

    Colonel George Wright graduated from West Point in 1827, and spent almost forty years as a military officer, much of it in the Pacific Northwest. Learn More
  7. Colville Mother and Child - Royal Engineers

    Colville Mother and Child - c. 1860

    This very early photo of a Colville mother and her infant child was taken by the Corps of Royal Engineers, likely near Spokane. Learn More
  8. Dr. Sidney Marsh, 1st President of Pacific University - Hendee

    Dr. Sidney Marsh, 1st President of Pacific University - c. 1865

    Dr. Sidney Marsh was appointed President of Tualatin Academy in Forest Grove in 1853, and carried on as that position when the school became Pacific University in 1854. Learn More
  9. Early Tepee and Canoe, Pend Oreille River - Royal Engineers

    Early Tepee and Canoe, Pend Oreille River - c. 1860

    A bark canoe and a reed-mat covered tepee sit across the Pend Oreille River from the British Northwest Boundary Commission's encampment near the Canadian border. Learn More
  10. Elmer E. Charman, Future Oregon City Businessman

    Elmer E. Charman, Future Oregon City Businessman - c. 1869

    Elmer E. Charman, taken at about the time of his father's death in the late 1860s. Learn More
  11. Father and Daughters - Joseph Buchtel

    Father and Daughters - circa 1868

    We don't know the names of these people, but we can make some good assumptions about them. Learn More
  12. First Iron Furnace in Oswego

    First Iron Furnace in Oswego - c. 1866

    This is probably the earliest photo of the first Oswego iron furnace, taken in 1866 - a year before Carleton Watkins came from California to create his series of views. Learn More
  13. General Isaac Stevens

    Gen. Isaac Stevens, First Governor of Washington Territory - c. 1861

    The first governor of Washington Territory, appointed by President Pierce in 1853, Isaac Stevens is also known for his survey of a northern railroad line that he completed as he traveled slowly across the continent on the way to his new position. Learn More
  14. George Gibbs, Northwest Geologist & Ethnologist - Gardner

    George Gibbs, Northwest Geologist & Ethnologist - c. 1865

    George Gibbs was born in Astoria - the Astoria in New York, not Oregon. However, as a geologist and ethnologist, he contributed to the history of the Pacific Northwest, based on his studies of the languages of the indigenous peoples here. Learn More
  15. George H. Himes, Printer & Historian - Dalton

    George H. Himes, Printer and Historian - 1865

    This 1865 portrait was taken by Frank Dalton, shortly after Himes came to Portland from Olympia. Learn More
  16. George H. Williams, Judge & Senator - Gardner

    George H. Williams, Judge & Senator - c. 1865

    This intense-looking gentleman was one of Oregon's longest-serving public figures, starting as Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court in 1853 and concluding as Mayor of Portland from 1902 through 1905. Learn More
  17. George Law Curry, Oregon's Last Territorial Governor - Buchtel

    George Law Curry, Oregon's Last Territorial Governor - 1860s

    George Law Curry, a publisher and jewelry maker, served as Oregon Territory's governor on three different occasions. Learn More
  18. George Thorpe and Parents

    George Thorpe and Parents - 1860s

    I don't know much more than the name of the boy in the photo, but the image haunted me until I added it to this site. Learn More
  19. Harvey J. Meacham, Co-founder of Meacham, Oregon - Dalton

    Harvey J. Meacham, Co-founder of Meacham, Oregon - 1865

    Born in Indiana in 1828, Harvey John Meacham and his brother Alfred B. Meacham were early settlers in Eastern Oregon, who founded the town of Meacham in Umatilla County in 1863. Learn More
  20. Harvey W. Scott, Shortly after Graduation - Dalton

    Harvey W. Scott, Shortly after Graduation - 1865

    Harvey Whitefield Scott, brother of Abigail Scott Duniway, is best known as the long-time editor and driving force behind the Portland Oregonian newspaper. Learn More
  21. Indian Camp at the Head of the Dalles - Watkins

    Indian Camp at the Head of the Dalles - 1867

    Seen from the Washington side of the Columbia, a modest dwelling overlooks the head of the Dalles, where the river narrows on the far side heading downstream to the right. Learn More
  22. Indian Encampment, Dalles of the Columbia - Royal Engineers

    Indian Encampment, Dalles of the Columbia - 1860

    The patchwork coverings on the tepees shown in this May 1860 photo make you wonder how much more shelter their inhabitants had in the middle of winter. Learn More
  23. John Denny, Patriarch of the Seattle Denny Family

    John Denny, Patriarch of the Seattle Denny Family - c. 1865

    John Denny, his sons Arthur and David, and their families traveled the Oregon Trail to the Willamette Valley in 1851. Along the way, Arthur became convinced that the Puget Sound area was where he wanted to settle. Learn More
  24. Kalispel Couple in Traditional Dress - Royal Engineers

    Kalispel Couple, Wearing Traditional Dress - c. 1861

    This early portrait by the Royal Engineers, and others in its series, are notable as they are some of the first photographs made of Northwest Native Americans. Learn More
  25. Lieutenant Charles W. Wilson, Royal Engineers

    Lieutenant Charles W. Wilson, Royal Engineers - c. 1860

    Lieutenant Wilson was about 24 when this photo was taken, and among other duties, worked as a photographer for the Royal Engineers. Learn More
  26. M. K. Lauden, Co-founder of Portland Business College - Buchtel

    M. K. Lauden, Co-founder of Portland Business College - 1868

    Lauden, along with H. M DeFrance, started National Business College in Portland in 1866, which was renamed as Portland Business College in the 1880s. Learn More
  27. Major General Edward R. S. Canby - Theodore Lilienthal
  28. Mills & McLoughlin House at Willamette Falls - Watkins

    Mills & McLoughlin House at Willamette Falls - 1867

    This 1867 view of the mills at Willamette Falls is part of a series of stereoviews created by Carleton Watkins during his visit to Oregon that year. Learn More
  29. Mule Laden with Casks, Colville - Corp of Royal Engineers

    Mule Laden with Casks, Colville - c. 1860

    A mule is outfitted to carry casks for the British Northwest Boundary Commission at their Colville "huts" on the Columbia River. Learn More
  30. Officers' Mess House, Fort Vancouver - Corps of Royal Engineers

    Officers' Mess House, Fort Vancouver - May, 1860

    This view of the Officers' Mess Hall is so crisp and clear it's easy to forget it was taken over 150 years ago. (We missed by five months getting back into the 1850s.) Learn More
  31. Panorama of Oregon City and Willamette Falls No. 2 - Watkins

    Panorama of Oregon City and Willamette Falls, No. 2 - 1867

    Panorama of Oregon City and the Willamette Falls No. 2, part of a series of five. Learn More
  32. Part of Kettle Falls on the Columbia - Corps of Royal Engineers

    Part of Kettle Falls on the Columbia - 1860

    Kettle Falls (Salish: Shonitkwu, meaning "roaring or noisy waters") was an ancient and important salmon fishing site on the upper reaches of the Columbia River, in what is today the U.S. state of Washington. Learn More
  33. Pilgrims on the Plains - Theodore Davis

    Pilgrims on the Plains - 1869

    Published in Harper's Weekly in June of 1869, this fanciful view of wagon train life features a group of horses running through the circle of covered wagons. Learn More
  34. Portage Railroad, Middle Blockhouse at Cascades - Watkins

    Portage Railroad and Middle Blockhouse at Cascades - 1867

    Looking downstream on the wooden tracks of the portage railroad on the Washington side of the Columbia Cascades. Learn More
  35. Senator Henry W. Corbett - Brady

    Senator Henry W. Corbett - c. 1867

    This photo of Portland merchant Henry Winslow Corbett was likely taken about the time he began his term as U.S. Senator in 1867. Learn More
  36. Senator Henry W. Corbett - Brady

    Senator Henry W. Corbett - c. 1867

    This closeup of Corbett originated from the same Brady glass plate negative used to create the full body pose featured elsewhere on this site. However, we've restored the closeup view from a separate original. Learn More
  37. Senator Joseph Lane of Oregon - Brady

    Senator Joseph Lane of Oregon - c. 1861

    This Matthew Brady photo of Joseph Lane was probably taken near the end of his term in the U.S. Senate from 1859 through 1861. Learn More
  38. Smelting Furnace, Oswego Iron Works - Watkins

    Smelting Furnace, Oswego Iron Works - 1867

    A view from the back of the first Oswego Iron Smelter captures a moving goat or two browsing the refuse pile. Learn More
  39. Steamboats Rival and Alert at Willamette Falls

    Steamboats Rival and Alert at Willamette Falls - c. 1866

    The original for this rare view is a hundred-year-old copy print of an even older photograph of steamboat activity below Willamette Falls. Learn More
  40. The Charman Brothers, Oregon City - Buchtel

    The Charman Brothers, Oregon City - c. 1864

    Lennie (later known as T. L.) and Elmer Charman, ages about 4 and 3, who grew up to partner in a number of well-known Oregon City business ventures. Learn More
  41. The Middle Blockhouse at the Cascades - Watkins

    The Middle Blockhouse at the Cascades - 1867

    Officially known as "Fort Raines", the middle blockhouse was built in 1855 to protect the portage railroad around the Cascade Rapids. It was abandoned in 1857. Learn More
  42. The Passage of the Dalles - Watkins

    The Passage of the Dalles - 1867

    A boudoir card version of one of Carelton Watkin's most famous 1867 views of the Columbia River. Learn More
  43. The Rocky Mountains, Emigrants Crossing the Plains - Currier & Ives

    The Rocky Mountains, Emigrants Crossing the Plains - 1866

    This idealized vision of the Oregon Trail was created by Frances (Fanny) Palmer for Currier & Ives in 1866. Learn More
  44. The Tooth Bridge, O. R. R. at Cascades - Watkins

    The Tooth Bridge, O. R. R. at Cascades - 1867

    Looking upstream along the Tooth Bridge on the 5-mile-long portage railroad on the Oregon side of the Cascade Rapids. Learn More
  45. Thomas and Marian Allen Miller

    Thomas and Marian Allen Miller - 1860s

    Thomas Miller and Marian Allen's marriage on New Year's eve, Dec. 31, 1863, linked two of the West Linn area's earliest settler families. Learn More
  46. Three of Spokane Chief Garry's Men - Royal Engineers

    Three of Spokane Chief Garry's Men - c. 1860

    Three of Chief Garry's inner circle, in this early photograph by the Corps of Royal Engineers. Learn More
  47. Tooth Bridge, Portage Railroad at the Cascades - Watkins

    Tooth Bridge, Portage Railroad at the Cascades - 1867

    Looking upstream along the Tooth Bridge at the 5-mile-long portage railroad on the Oregon side of the Cascades. Learn More
  48. Two Girls from Albany - Paxton

    Two Girls from Albany - c. 1867

    Their hair secured by ribbons, two sisters pose in matching dresses, shortly after the end of the Civil War. Learn More
  49. Upper Cape Horn, Near Celilo - 1867

    Upper Cape Horn, Near Celilo - 1867

    A great view by Watkins of the upper portage railroad on the Oregon side of the Columbia River, and the bluffs of Upper Cape Horn. Learn More
  50. William Henry Jackson Early Portrait - Jackson

    William Henry Jackson Early Portrait - 1860s

    A tintype studio portrait of photographer William Henry Jackson. Learn More

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