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Finding Aid to Logging Operations in Little River, California, Photographs attributed to M.M. Hazeltine, ca. 1870 circa 1870
BANC PIC 1905.11998-12002--CDV  
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The Logging Operations in Little River, California collection contains 5 cartes de visite photographs that have been attributed to photographer Martin M. Hazeltine. The collection features early views of the vicinity of the lumber mill town of Little River, in Mendocino County, California, which until 1864 was known as Bell's Harbor and Kent's Landing. Two of the views feature the mill area, showing the various mill structures, the log landing, and other surrounding buildings; two views are of the first wharf built in the harbor; and one view pictures loggers in a logging camp.
Martin Mason Hazeltine was born on July 31, 1827, in Vermont. He and his brother George I. Hazeltine studied photography in St. Charles, Illinois, and then in New York City. In December of 1853 the two brothers moved to San Francisco where they operated a daguerreotype studio. Largely independently of George, M. M. Hazeltine continued in photography for decades, producing pictures of Yosemite and other scenic areas California, Oregon, and Idaho. In the mid-1860s (ca. 1866-1867), M. M. Hazeltine moved to Mendocino; his many photographs taken there and elsewhere were later published by such firms as J. P. Soule and Lawrence & Houseworth. He entered a partnership with J. J. Reilly in the 1870s based in Stockton and Yosemite Valley, but returned to Mendocino on and off until the 1880s. In the later part of his life, he lived in Idaho and Oregon. He died in 1903. (Source: Treadwell, T. K., and William C. Darrah. Stereographers of the World. Volume II -United States. [Byran, Texas] : National Stereoscopic Association, 1994. and Palmquist, Peter E., and Kailbourn, Thomas R. Pioneer Photographers of the Far West. Stanford, Stanford University Press, 2000. )
5 digital objects 5 photographs on cartes de visite mounts, 7 x 10 cm.
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