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Charles Roscoe Savage

Dale Creek Bridge
about 1885
albumen print
7 1/2 x 9 5/16 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase

Though a mere trickle when this picture was made, Dale Creek raged in the spring floods. To cross Dale Creek west of Cheyenne, Wyoming, this high, “spidery ” iron bridge was built in 1878 to replace the original wooden trestle. Salt Lake City photographer Charles Savage was contracted to photograph along the Union Pacific Railroad line in May/June of 1884 and, again, in May of 1885.