PARK COUNTY, COLORADO TERRITORY antique photographs, Page 2

HAMILTON, PARK COUNTY, COLORADO TERRITORY

 

Stereopticon: Settlement of Hamilton, opposite Tarryall, Park County, Colorado Territory, 1867, by G. D. Wakely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Superb tones and contrasts on this excellent, and scarce, view of the settlement of Hamilton, named after Earl Hamilton, a founder of Tarryall.  Site was located in 1859, at the beginning of the Colorado gold rush.  Hamilton was much more lively and diverse than Tarryall, claiming a newspaper, The Miner’s Record, and a theatre, before Tarryall.

 

G. D. Wakely, born in England in 1823, learned photography and began his career in Chicago, in 1856, as an ambrotypist.  In 1859, Wakely moved to Leavenworth, Kansas, and then to the Jefferson Territory to document the “rush” and settlement of the new Kansas gold regions.  Wakely images are highly sought after among early Colorado photograph collectors.

 

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Stereo view: Town of Montgomery, Park County, Colorado Territory; photograph by G. D. Wakely, 1867.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montgomery began in 1859 with significant gold claims on the southern face of Hoosier Pass, between Alma and Breckenridge.  Montgomery’s life was relatively short, with its boom in 1861, and then fading into obscurity as the 1860s progressed.  Schuyler Colfax was on of Montgomery’s part-time residents.

Scarce photograph with extraordinary detail.

G. D. Wakely, born in England in 1823, learned photography and began his career in Chicago, in 1856, as an ambrotypist.  In 1859, Wakely moved to Leavenworth, Kansas, and then to the Jefferson Territory to document the “rush” and settlement of the new Kansas gold regions.  Wakely images are highly sought after among early Colorado photograph collectors.

 

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Stereo view: Town of Montgomery, circa 1868, by William G. Chamberlain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William G. Chamberlain established a photo gallery in Denver, Colorado Territory in the early 1860s.  In 1864, Chamberlain’s gallery could be seen on the northwest corner of Larimer & 15th.  But Chamberlain did not limit himself to Denver scenes and portraits.  He ventured out into the mountains to capture images of the uproarious mining camps.  This image is of the Town of Montgomery, after its boom and into its fading years.

Excellent tones and contrasts.

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Stereo view: Myers Residence, Montgomery, Colorado Territory, by photographer, William G. Chamberlain, circa 1865.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early photographic image of a residence in the Town of Montgomery, Park County, Colorado Territory, circa 1865.  Strong tones and contrasts (Mr. and Mrs. Myers visible on deck outside their log home.  Mount is not the usual yellow Chamberlain used in the later 1860s.  In fact, at lower border, “Denver, Col. Ter.” is visible.

This residence later became the Mt. Lincoln House, as seen in the next stereo view.

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Stereo view: Mt. Lincoln House, Myers Residence, Montgomery, Park County, Colorado Territory by photographer, W. G. Chamberlain, #231.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excellent tones on this William G. Chamberlain stereo view; however, condition of the mount is good plus, with rounded corners, a crease in the upper right-hand area of the right image, and wear to top.  Still, a rare view of an early Colorado mining town.

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Stereo view: Platte River near Fairplay, Park County, Colorado Territory, by photographer, W. G. Chamberlain, #152.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early Chamberlain landscape, circa 1868.  Near fine condition, except a lightened spot on the right side of the right image.  View of “Bar Diggins,” from 60 to 100 feet deep.

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Stereo view: Town of Fairplay, in 1872, Colorado Territory, photographed and published by W. G. Chamberlain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This view of Fairplay exhibits that the town had grown since the first cabin was built there in 1859.  Settlement was established on the “Fairplay Diggings,” and is considered one of the “oldest towns in Colorado.”

Original Chamberlain mount, with location of his gallery on the “Cor. Larimer & 15th St., Denver, Colorado” Territory.  Condition: very good plus.

 

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Stereo view: arrastra gold mining operation near Montgomery, Park County, Colorado Territory, circa 1870, by photographer, W. G. Chamberlain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrastra operations were early and uncommon in Colorado mining, especially since gold recovery was dependent on the use of mercury and amalgamation and production rates were actually low.  Still, in some areas, and with the concepts of some miners, arrastra operations were put into operation.  This one, near Hoosier Pass, was also worked in conjunction with a sluicing system.

William G. Chamberlain photograph, circa 1870.  Condition: very good plus to near fine; except upper right-hand corner of original mount creased and with conservation reinforcement on back.

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Stereo view: old motive power mill, near Montgomery, Park County, Colorado, circa 1880, photograph by W. H. Jackson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 1860s already seemed a distant memory, as well as the “technology” that had been implemented to move earth and machine.  In this stereo view, famous Western photographer, William Henry Jackson, finds an old water mill no longer in use and the mining claims of the area ignored.  Photograph circa 1880.

Excellent tones and contrasts.  Overall condition of mount of photographs: very good plus to near fine.

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