Views from a Trip to California, ca. 1887-1889
Processed by Chris McDonald.
The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Views from a Trip to California, ca. 1887-1889
Collection number: BANC PIC 1905.06484-.06485 — PIC
The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Finding aid and digital representations of archival materials funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the
- Processed and encoded by:
- California Heritage Digital Image Access Project staff in The Bancroft Library and The Library's Electronic Text Unit
- Digital images processed by:
- The Library Photographic Service
- Finding aid completed:
- September 1996
© 1996 The Regents of the University of California
Collection Title: Views from a Trip to California,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1887-1889
Collection Number: BANC PIC 1905.06484-.06485 — PIC
217 photographic prints, albumen, various sizes.
207 digital objects
Harriet S. Tolman
The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Information for Researchers
Collection is open for use.
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish photographs must be submitted
in writing to the Curator of Pictorial Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library
as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must
also be obtained by the reader.
Copyright restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted
to research and educational purposes.
[Identification of item],
Views from a Trip to California, BANC PIC 1905.06484-.06485 — PIC, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Digital Representations Available
Scope and Content
The Views from a Trip to California collection contains 217 photographic prints collected by Harriet S. Tolman during a trip
to California from 1888 to 1889. The dated prints range from 1887 to 1889, though many undated prints are likely to have been
published earlier. The prints are primarily commercial views by popular photographers of the time depicting locales which
Tolman presumably visited. California regions featured in the collection include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Pasadena, Santa
Barbara, Ventura County, Monterey, and the Mojave Desert. Many California Missions are featured, including San Gabriel, San
Diego, San Luis Rey, San Fernando, San Juan Capistrano, San Buenaventura, Santa Barbara, La Purisima, San Carlos de Borromeo,
and Dolores. Several well-captioned prints picture California flora such as palms, cacti, pampas grass, grape vines, and oaks,
as well as pepper, persimmon, oleander, banana, orange, lemon and fig trees. Other notable California subjects include the
Raymond Hotel, the residence of Jason and Owen Brown (sons of the abolitionist John Brown), the Hotel Del Coronado, the Mexico-California
boundary monument, Sweet Water Dam, Rancho Camulos, Matilija Canyon, the De la Guerra residence, the Hotel Del Monte, Yosemite
Valley, and San Francisco's Palace Hotel and Chinatown.
Non-California subjects pictured in the collection include Utah, featuring Salt Lake City, Price Canyon and Sierra La Sal;
Colorado, featuring the Marshall Pass, Georgetown and the Georgetown Loop of the Union Pacific Railroad, the Curecanti Needle,
the Garden of the Gods, Cheyenne Mountain, Williams Canyon and the Manitou Grand Caverns; Indian scenes of Santa Fe, New Mexico;
and Arizona flora.
The collection includes the work of many noteworthy photographers, including William H. Jackson, Charles R. Savage, Isaiah
W. Taber, F.H. Rogers, and J.C. Brewster.
The prints are still affixed to the loose, captioned pages of what was presumably their original album. Viewing prints are
provided for 10 oversize photographs which are shelved separately.
The collection contains no information regarding the identity of Harriet S. Tolman.
Volume 1 (1905.06484:1-126)
Pueblo of Santo Domingo, N M [New Mexico]. "On the journey out. Santa Fe etc."
Street in Santa Fe NM [New Mexico].
Water Baskets Made By The Indians. 203.
Mexican Adobe House and Oven.
View from the Raymond Veranda. "Las Casitas over top of electric pole". 82.
View from the Raymond Veranda. "The Sierra Madre Range. `Old Baldy' or San Antonio. San Bernardino. San Jacinto." 83.
"House of Dr. Adele Gleason."
Las Casitas from Brown's Trail. R.H. Rogers, Photo. L.A. Cal'a. "Las Casitas. Millard's Canon with road leading up to Las
Casitas Plain. The Arroya Seco beyond the promontory of Las Casitas. Slope of `2nd Hill' which hides `1st Hill' & also the
site of house”
Eatons Canyon from Painter's Hill. "Las Casitas." B44.
Birds Eye View of Brown Boys Rancho. "Home of Owen & Jason Brown -- Rear View. Slopes into Millard's Canon." 165.
Birds Eye View of Brown Boys Rancho. "Home of Owen & Jason Brown. Front View. Plain of Las Casitas. `2nd Hill' with pine tree
where Owen Brown is buried. `Brown's Trail.' In foreground `grease wood -- our only fuel... [Illegible]." 165.
1. John Brown Jr. 2. Jayson Brown. 3. Owen Brown. "Cabin of Owen and Jason Brown. John Brown Jr. on a visit to them."
Las Casitas Views -- All Aboard for Brown's Peak. "View from rear of plateau of Las Casitas. `1st Hill.' `2nd Hill.' `Browns
Peak.' White spots are site Brown's cabin." 178.
Funeral of Owen Brown, at M.E. Tabernacle, Jan. 10, 1889. Owen Brown. John Brown's Son's Mountain Home. [Composite print.]
"A present to me from Mr. Jason Brown."
Las Casitas Views -- John Brown's Sons and a Cabin on Brown's Trail. "Owen Brown. Jason Brown. The Cabin used for camping
by their sister Mrs. Thompson."
"Jason Brown. Owen Brown. These cracks were never filled until done as a Christmas present by Dr. Adele Gleason. But it was
too late to save Owen Brown who died of fever the result of cold and improper food, or lack of food. He had been mentally
astray for some time.”
Las Casitas Views. Awaiting the arrival of the Raymond Coach. F.H. Rogers, Photo, L.A. Cal'a. "Our Donkeys on the Plateau
of Las Casitas. `Pinkey.' `Juanita.' `Barney.'"
I stop at the Raymond Hotel. "A Raymond Donkey." 172.
The Trail near Switzer Camp. "On the Heights above Las Casitas." B 91.
Switzer Camp. "On the Heights above Las Casitas." B 89.
"In the Arroya Canon. Devil's Gate.'"
The Devil's Gate. "Where the Arroya Canon opens into the Arroya Seco. Arroya means “river”, & seco means “dry”. So named from
the broad, dry bed of the river leaving the canon. The pipes belong to two companies who supply Pasadena." B 46.
"In the Arroya Canon. Where we used to ford on the donkeys."
Maiden Hair Falls. "In Prieto Canon. Pipe bringing water supply to Dr. Gleason's Sanitarium. Prieto means dark. This canon
so named because too narrow for sunshine."
Beach and Bath Houses. Santa Monica, Cal. "Santa Monica near Los Angeles." 93.
San Gabriel, "Mission". "San Gabriel Mission."
Old Mission San Gabriel. 62.
Chimes Old Mission San Gabriel. 207.
Galley Stairs of Old San Gabriel Mission. 89.
Riverside From Pachappa Mt. "Riverside. Aquaduct [sic] taking water for irrigation."
"Riverside. Method of irrigation."
Riverside Orange Grove. "Riverside. A typical orange grove."
"Riverside. Canal for irrigation."
Hotel Del Coronado from E.S.E. "The Coronado Hotel -- San Diego."
Hotel Del Coronado. Porch of Main Entrance. No. 144.
Hotel Del Coronado from N.W. 111.
"Hotel Del Coronado." Court. No. 99.
Dining Room. "Coronado Hotel, San Diego." 108.
Coronado Hotel. Ladies' Billiard Room. "The Coronado Hotel -- San Diego." No. 146.
[Bay scene. From Coronado Hotel?]
Hotel Del Coronado. Veranda facing the Ocean. No. 135.
San Diego Mission. "The San Diego Mission. 1769." 2.
San Diego "Mission Bells." 396.
"Valley of the San Diego Mission."
Boundry [sic] Monument. "Boundary between United States and Mexico." 3.
"Palm Trees in old San Diego."
"House in old San Diego. Ramona's Marriage Place.'"
"San Diego." [Sweet Water Dam.]
Sweet Water Dam, From North Side. "The Boston Water Co. of San Diego, Cal." 629.
San Jacinto. J.T. Kerr's Rancho. No. 28.
[Unidentified women on horses. Unidentified location.]
San Jacinto. McAllister's Ranch. No. 2.
Temecula Canon on line of C.S.R.R. “The Temecula Canon -- mentioned in `Ramona.'” No. 5.
"San Louis [i.e. Luis] Rey Mission."
San Louis [i.e. Luis] Rey Mission looking S.S.W. No. 187.
San Louis [i.e. Luis] Rey Mission Bell. No. 184.
San Louis [i.e. Luis] Rey Mission from Bellfrey. No. 185.
[Interior. San Luis Rey Mission?]
[Interior. San Luis Rey Mission?]
San Louis [Luis] Rey Mission Garden Gate. No. 190.
"San Fernando Mission."
"Pala Mission, in San Louis [i.e. Luis] Rey Valley." No. 4.
[Pala Mission, San Luis Rey Valley.]
[Pala Mission, San Luis Rey Valley.]
Remains of Mission Church, Santa Isabel. "Santa Isabel Mission -- In Julian District 60 miles from San Diego." No. 118.
[Santa Isabel Mission.]
Old Mission San Juan Capistrano, Founded 1776, Destroyed by earthquake in 1812. "San Juan Capistrano Mission." 124.
Ruins of Old San Juan Mission, Founded 1776, Destroyed by earthquake 1812. 125.
Mission Church Capistrano Inside of Alter [sic]. No. 244.
Mission Church Capistrano looking E. No. 246.
Mission Church Capistrano looking E. No. 251.
Mission Church Capistrano looking N.E. No. 254.
Mission Church Capistrano Bells. No. 247.
Capistrano Valley from Mission looking N.W. No. 259.
[San Juan Capistrano Mission.]
Capistrano Valley from Mission looking S. No. 261.
"Los Angeles -- Mrs. Severance's home -- Red Roof."
"Mrs. Severance's Dining Room."
"Los Angeles -- Miss Carrie Seymour's home -- The Pepper Box.'"
"Mrs. Severance's Parlor."
"Los Angeles -- Our Lady of the Angels.'"
"Ventura -- Old San Buenaventura Mission."
"Camulos -- The Home of Ramona."
J.C. Brewster. Copyrighted 1887. [Camulos Ranch?]
J.C. Brewster. [Camulos Ranch?]
Copyrighted 1887. J.C. Brewster. [Camulos Ranch?]
Copyright 1887. J.C. Brewster. [Camulos Ranch?]
J.C. Brewster. Copyright 1887. "Camulos -- The Old Chapel Bells brought from Spain."
"Ojai Valley -- Oak Glen Cottages."
"Matilija Canon. Boulder Cave."
"Ojai Valley. Matilija Canon."
"Matilija Canon, near Matilija Hot Springs."
"The Devil's Slide -- Matilija Canon -- Ojai Valley."
"Santa Barbara. Old Home of the De la Garras -- Formerly the wealthiest of the Spanish-Mexican families of California."
"Home of the Misses [Moor?]. Miss Rebecca in the carriage drawn by `Don' the Bronco. Miss Hannah behind a post on the piazza.
`Chum' near the fence."
"The Santa Barbara Mission."
[Santa Barbara Mission.]
"Franciscan Friars at the Santa Barbara Mission. All that are left in California of the order which founded the Missions."
[Santa Barbara Mission.]
"The Santa Barbara Mission."
"Rear of the De la Garra Mansion."
"Maria -- Madame Rodriguez -- 115 years old in 1889. She remembers the [building?] of the Santa Barbara Mission."
[Chinese boy. Unidentified location.]
"At Montecito -- near Santa Barbara."
"Santa Ynez Mission."
"The San Marcos Pass."
"The Santa Ynez River."
"The Gaviota Pass, near Santa Barbara."
Hotel del Monte. Taber Photo. B 2267. [Original in AX.]
Interior of Bath House, Hotel del Monte. Taber Photo. B 2258. [Original in AX.]
Hotel del Monte, carpet gardening. Taber Photo. B 4367. [Original in AX.]
Arizona Garden, Hotel del Monte. Taber Photo. [Cropped]... 2300. [Original in AX.]
Old Custom House, Monterey, built by Spain, Mexico and United States. Taber Photo. [Cropped]...12. [Original in AX.]
Mission Church, Town of Monterey. Taber Photo. B 2231. [Original in AX.]
Carmel Mission, Established 1770. Taber Photo. [Original in AX.]
The Cross, Marking Landing-Place of Junipero Serra, 1770, Monterey. Taber Photo. [Original in AX.]
Cyress Tree near Cypress Drive. Taber Photo. "Monterey." B 2236. [Original in AX.]
Midway Point. Taber Photo. "Monterey." B 2263. [Original in AX.]
"The Yosemite Valley." 6238.
Volume 2 (1905.06485:1-81)
Fan Leaf Palm Trees. "Very old Fan Palms -- quite rare. The Fan Palm is much used for decoration. Generally the lower leaves
are trimmed off as they die, leaving the trunk jagged -- as in the first picture [i.e. 6485:1.]. But occasionally they are
allowed to stay & droop as in this picture. After the tree reaches a certain age, a smooth section appears & grows taller,
carrying the plume of leaves higher as in this picture.” B 14.
Date Palm. "Date Palm -- in the garden of the San Gabriel Mission. One of the oldest palms in the country -- planted by the
early fathers. No single tree ever gave me such a thrill as this solitary palm standing erect & graceful, like a strange being
in an atmosphere of its own — a goddess with the serenity, grace & dignity of the Venus de Milo. About a hundred years old
or more.” 202.
"Date Palms. Larger than those generally found in gardens because they are of such slow growth. Used frequently for decoration,
but not so commonly as the Fan Palm. Sage Palms are also seen; & Yucca Palms. Dragon Palms are occasionally seen, & a few
others are cultivated; but not many although the Encyclopedia says there are over 1000 species in the group of [Palmacaie?].”
"Dragon Palm -- Looks somewhat like the Yucca Palm, but is very much larger & coarser. A row of these is on an avenue in Los
Angeles; & there seemed something really weird about them, like aged Eastern magicians."
"Forest of Fan Palms -- More than two hundred miles from Los Angeles, beyond San Bernardino, on the edge of what is called
the Great Colorado Desert. This is said to be the only natural grove of Palms within the United States -- although of course
there are many in Mexico.”
Floral Scene at Residence of C.B. Adams, Alhambra, Cal. “Yucca Palm with double stem, not so common as the single stem. Also
Fan Palms, Century Plant Cactus etc.” 45.
Lucky Baldwin's Cottage. "Palmetto Palms, similar to Fan Palms, but without the hairy threads. Eucalyptus trees. The leaves
are round when young & stand upright. When older they are long, & droop, seeming quite different." 189.
The Twin Century Plants in Bloom. “`Century Plant' Cactus. So called, but, often blossoming within a few years. After blossoming
the leaves wilt, & the plant dies, though the stalk stands a long time with dried flowers, about thirty or forty feet high.”
Yucca or Spanish Bayonet. W.H. J [Jackson] & Co. "Yucca Cactus -- or `Spanish Bayonet'. Seen in great numbers on the hill
slopes -- & not very high. There are hundreds of Cacti, although only a few are cultivated, & it is the thing to have Cactus
Gardens at the hotels. I counted ten varieties at the Del Coronado, & there are many at the Del Monte.” 445.
Spanish Bayonet (cactus) in bloom, height, 20 ft., S. Cal. Taber Photo. "A gentleman brought a head of blossoms similar to
this into the car, & as I stood near it I came less than three fourths of the height." B 4246.
Yucca, or Spanish Bayonet. "This variety of Yucca is much larger than that of previous pictures [i.e. 6485:10-11.]; but it
is not so tall as the `Century Plant'. The foliage seems to resemble that when young, but the leaves are much slighter, &
very sharp.” B 11.
Cactus Tree, Arizona. Taber Photo. B 175.
Royal Arch Yucca of the Mojave Desert, Cal. "I crossed the Mojave Desert at sunset, & saw these strange shapes against a dull
red sunset sky. Cacti."
Cactus Bed, San Gabriel, Cal. "The `Prickly Pear' Cactus, planted by the fathers of San Gabriel as a [hedge?] around their
garden, & said to have been cultivated at San Diego for ...[text lost]... from the fruit. Most formidable monsters 12 to 15
feet high. Has ...[(text lost)...llow] blossom. Grows wild [in?] the Arroyo Seco, as does the Yucca & another [ca...(text
Scene at Glen Rosa. Orange Grove Avenue. "Century Plant Cactus as generally seen in gardens. Its pale, blue-green, strongly
pronounced spines grow five or six feet long." 39.
Pasadena Ostrich Farm. "An imported tropical growth although not of the Vegetable Kingdom. There are at least three Ostrich
Farms in Southern California, & they promise to be very profitable." 199.
Pampass Grass in Full Plume. "A clump of Pampass Grass gleaming in the sunshine is like a great floral fountain." B 79.
Oleander in Bloom. "Early in February Mr. Jason Brown gave a pink rose from his upland garden, of which the petals were 2
3/4 & 3 inches long. He also had a fine deep red rose very like a `Jack' which he said was a native California rose he had
transplanted from `up on the mountains'.” B 78.
Gold of Ophir Roses at Major Skillen place. 142.
Orange Tree with Fruit and Flowers. "Not an unusual sight in January & February. But there should be the color -- the white
flowers, the green foliage, the golden balls of fruit against the intense blue sky. The first orange trees in America are
said to have been planted in the San Gabriel Mission garden about 1820, & the originals of the famous `Mission Oranges'. Here
also stood the Date Palm whose only rival in age is at SanDiego.” B 1.
Lemon Tree. "There are fine lemon orchards in Riverside & San Diego. At the latter place a gentleman pointed out some lemon
trees from which he last year realized forty dollars apiece for the fruit." 2.
Fig Tree. "There are a great many fig trees here, but during the winter they are bare, showing smooth, tight grey branches."
Persimon [sic] Tree. "The Persimmon needs the contrast of the bright red fruit & green leaves to show its beauty. In winter
one sometimes sees the fruit left on after the leaves have all fallen." 135.
Banana Plant. "1 -- Yucca Palm. 2 -- Fan Palm. 3 -- Banana Plant. 4 -- Pampass Grass. The Banana is easily torn by the wind
& often is even more ragged than in the next picture [i.e. 6485:27]." 9.
Old Vineyard of Rose's Ranche. "The vineyards are a strange sight. Instead of training the vines upon poles or trellises,
they are cut down every winter leaving only stumps such as these which show by their size that they are old. The new shoots
bear all the fruit, & the sun is so hot that the leaves do not shelter them too much. The stumps look like uncanny imps in
grotesque postures. San Gabriel Mission is the source of the grape culture of Southern California. Its vineyard is called
the `Mother Vineyard,' & `Mission Grapes' originated there. Next to the orange, the olive is most important in Southern California.
The first olive trees in the state were planted at the San Diego Mission, & all others said to have been propagated from them.
Those of which there are still about 300, are the only ones old enough to resemble the olives of Italy. I could not find any
good picture of olive trees.” 75.
Live Oak, Orange Grove Ave. & Cal. St. "It is unusual to see live Oaks in city streets, but they are common on the lower hillsides,
& in canons. They are the most picturesque tree in the region. Unfortunately the large ones were cut down years ago by the
Mexicans for firewood.” 29.
Marengo Avenue near California St. "Pepper Trees as they often grow along the streets, & are used for shade trees, as the
Elms in the East." 22.
Palace Hotel Court. Taber Photo. "San Francisco." B 2192.
Upper Corridor, Palace Hotel, S F [San Francisco], Cal. Taber Photo. B 26.
Market Street. Taber Photo. 2341.
California Street from Sansome Street, San Francisco. "San Francisco." B 517.
The Seal Rocks near Cliff House, San Francisco. Taber Photo. B 2191.
The Golden Gate, and Black Point, San Francisco, Cal. Taber Photo. B 1166.
View of San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island. Taber Photo. B 844.
Mission Dolores, San Francisco. Established 1776. Taber Photo. B 513.
“The Entry" -- Chinese Theatre, San Francisco. Taber Photo. 1708. [Reproduction of painting.]
Balcony of the Chinese Restaurant, Dupont Street, San Francisco. Taber Photo. 3004.
Chinatown, S F [San Francisco], Cal., The Joss Temple. Taber Photo. B 2694.
Chinatown, S.F. Cal. The Five Idols in the Holy of Holies in the Joss Temple of Lung Gong. Copyright 1887 by I.W. Taber, Pho.
Chinatown, S F Cal. [San Francisco, California] The incense table in the Joss Temple of Lung Gong. Copyright 1887 by I.W.
Taber, Pho. B 2698.
Dupont Street, Chinatown, San Francisco. Taber Photo. 3012.
Chinese Butcher and Grocery Shop, Chinatown, S.F. Taber Photo. 2936.
Grand Dining Room of the Chinese Restaurant, Dupont Street, San Francisco. Taber Photo. 3003.
Temple Block, Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City, from Prospect Hill. C.R. Savage Photo.
Eagle Gate, Salt Lake City. C.R. Savage Photo.
Deseret News and Tithing Office Buildings, Salt Lake. C.R. Savage Photo.
The Sierra La Sal, Utah. "On the Journey Home." 4426.
Green River Butte [Utah?]. 4613.
Castle Rock. Price Canon, Utah. 4428-A.
Castle Gate [Utah?]. 4429.
Marshall Pass and Mt. Ouray [Colorado]. 1009.
Summit of Marshall Pass [Colorado]. 1006.
High Bridge in Loop [Union Pacific Railway, near George Town Colorado]. W.H. J [Jackson] & Co.
The Loop. Union Pacific Ry. near George Town, Colorado. W.H. Jackson & Co., Phot. 54.
Currecanti Needle [Colorado?]. 4403.
Black Canon of the Gunnison Bridge "B" [Colorado]. 4402.
The Portals of Grand River Canon [Colorado]. D. & R.G.R.R. 840.
George Town from Griffith Mt. [Colorado]. 1810.
The Royal Gorge [Colorado]. W.H. J [Jackson] & Co. 804.
Hanging Rock, Clear Creek Canon [Colorado]. W.H. J [Jackson] & Co. 182.
Manitou, Colorado. W.H. J [Jackson] & Co. "The Garden of the Gods -- Manitou Springs, Colorado." 424.
The Gateway and Pike's Peak [Colorado]. 609.
Pike's Peak [Colorado]. 608.
Siamese Twins [Garden of the Gods, Colorado]. 603.
The Out...[illegible] Wedding Monument Park [Colorado?]. [631?]
Mushroom Rocks [Colorado?]. W.H. J [Jackson] & Co. 638.
Tower of Babel. Garden of the Gods [Colorado]. 607.
Within the Gates. Garden of the Gods [Colorado]. 650.
The Three Graces [Colorado]. 646.
Cheyenne Falls [Colorado?]. 417.
Grave of "H.H." on Cheyenne Mountain [Colorado]. 431.
Pike's Peak [Colorado].
On the Way to the Garden of the Gods [Colorado]. 640.
William's Canon [Colorado?]. 460.
Cameron's Cone from Williams' Canon [Colorado?]. 415.
[Illegible]... Organ, Manitou Grand Caverns [Colorado].
Williams' Canon, Near the Cave [Colorado?]. 412.