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Through Colorado in a Covered Wagon

Identifier: C Photo Collection 21

Scope and Contents

Photographs document an 800 mile trip the Crew family took in 1905 in a covered wagon, starting and ending in Pueblo. The 1908 photographs document a trip to Durango and Silverton, Colorado. Includes images of railroad cars and locomotives, covered wagons, picnics, a clock tower, a mileage sign, mines, men, women, children, log cabins, stone buildings, town streets, lakes, sluice mining, Glenwood Canyon wagon road, Redstone Inn, a hammock, a cabin interior, barns, camp tents, fishing, hotels, the Zebulon Pike monument in Colorado Springs, wagon repairs, a caged monkey, stores, and building construction.


  • 1905-1908


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

In 1905, Henry Crew, age 46, was a professor of physics at Northwestern University. He lived in Evanston, Illinois with his wife and three children whose ages were 12, 10, and 5. Upon advice of his doctor to get away from his desk and academic duties for three months, Professor Crew took his family to Pueblo and there purchased a team of draft horses, a wagon, and some canvas. The latter was rigged over the wagon on hoops in the manner of the old "prairie schooner.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, William H. Crew, 1980.


Copy photographs and negatives from two loaned photo albums and a pocket notebook photo log. Include maps and letters, and indicates that some negatives were donated, some were copied, and copy photographs were taken from the loaned albums. Includes biographical information for the photographer, Henry Crew, and gives a summary and itineraries for both trips with title: "Through Colorado in a covered wagon."

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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