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William H. Jackson

Entrance to the Highlands, Hudson River
about 1898
collodion print
17 1/4 x 38 3/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase from the Charles Isaacs Collection made possible in part by the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Made for the Detroit Photographic Company, this persuasive description of a stretch of the Hudson River shows changes brought by railroads to pristine landscape. Jackson reminds us that, at the turn-of-the-century, progress was inextricably tied to the iron rails in the East as well as in the American West.