Charles Roscoe SavageDale Creek Bridge
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.