[Leavenworth, Lawrence, and Galveston Railroad Bridge across the Kaw River at Lawrence, Kansas]

Object Details

Title:

[Leavenworth, Lawrence, and Galveston Railroad Bridge across the Kaw River at Lawrence, Kansas]

Artist/Maker(s):

Alexander Gardner (American, born Scotland, 1821 - 1882)

Culture:

American

Date:

1867

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

33 x 47.5 cm (13 x 18 11/16 in.)

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In 1867 the Kansas Pacific and Union Pacific railroads hired Alexander Gardner to document the building of a rail route to Calfornia. While in Kansas, Gardner photographed the local line, the Leavenworth, Lawrence, and Galveston Railroad. Here a large group of men gathers upon and around a steam engine that has just traversed a bridge across the Kaw River. Gardner included a large aqueduct on the right, which cast a dark, pierced shadow over the river's barren near shore. A picturesque row of buildings and largely leafless trees lines the riverbank in the distance. Unlike most phototgraphs documenting railroads and railroad construction in the 1800s, this image was made in an area already inhabited by settlers.

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
Across the Indian Country: Photographs by Alexander Gardner, 1867-1868 (July 26, 2014 to January 11, 2015) (14)
  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, (Kansas City), July 26, 2014 to January 11, 2015
Bibliography

Sherow, James E., with photographs by John R. Carlton. Railroad Empire Across the Heartland: Rephotographing Alexander Gardner's Westward Journey (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2014) p. 66