James D. Hutton prepared these drawings while with William F. Reynolds' expedition.
James D. Hutton, artist, photographer, topographer, and younger brother of the notable topographical artist William Rich Hutton,
was born in Washington D.C. around 1828. When James' uncle, William Rich, was assigned duty in California as a U.S. Army Paymaster,
both James and his brother William went with him. After traveling through Central and South America, they arrived in San Francisco
in April 1847. James was the artist for the 1855 expedition of Lt. R. S. Williamson and Lt. Henry L. Abbott to find a route
for a railroad from San Francisco to the Columbia River, as well as, Capt. William Raynolds' exploration of the Yellowstone
River Valley in 1859-1860. Hutton joined the Confederate Army in 1861 and saw action at the Battle of Pilot Knob. After the
Civil War, he moved to Mexico where he died in 1868.
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