Dale Creek Bridge, Union Pacific Railway

Object Details

Title:

Dale Creek Bridge, Union Pacific Railway

Artist/Maker(s):

William Henry Jackson (American, 1843 - 1942)

Culture:

American

Place(s):

Sherman, Wyoming, United States (Place depicted)

Date:

1885

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

43 x 53.7 cm (16 15/16 x 21 1/8 in.)

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At a height of 150 feet, this bridge in Dale Creek, Wyoming, sometimes swayed in strong winds. The longest trestle on the Union Pacific Railroad's line, its soaring height and stilt-like supports still inspire awe. William Henry Jackson hiked partway into the dry, inhospitable creekbed to make this image, pointing his camera upward to maximize the bridge's height and to highlight the Union Pacific's engineering achievement.

Exhibitions
Railroad Vision (March 3 to June 23, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 5 to June 23, 2002, (Cat.)
Bibliography

Lyden, Anne M. Railroad Vision, exhibition brochure (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2002) fig. 1.