This collection contains 430 photographs by photographer Carleton E. Watkins that
chiefly depict buildings, points of interest, and locales in Northern and Southern California in the 1870s and 1880s,
as well as 223 photographs by photographer
Alfred A. Hart
documenting the construction of the western half of the transcontinental railroad by the Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR) in
the 1860s, which were later published by Watkins under his own imprint.
Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916) was born in 1829 in Oneonta, New York. In 1851, he migrated to Sacramento, California in the
company of businessman Collis P. Huntington and several
other residents of Oneonta. He began his photographic career as an apprentice to established San Francisco Bay area studio
photographers Robert H. Vance (1825–1876) and James May Ford (c. 1827–1877).
653 photographs in 9 boxes
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