A collection of 61 mammoth plate
photographs by American photographer Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916), of various subjects in
the American West, 1861-1880. The photographs include mines and mills in the Comstock
district, Nevada; Yosemite Valley; Los Angeles County ranches and agriculture; San
Francisco's maritime commerce and stately residences; Salt Lake City, Utah; and assorted
landscape and coastal views.
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
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