Bear River City, Near The Coal Fields from The Great West Illustrated in a Series of Photographic Views Across the Continent
12.8125 HIGH x 18.125 WIDE
(32.54 HIGH)
Gift of George E. Arnott

"Plate 29. Bear River City, Near The Coal Fields" printed below the image in capitalized letters.

This is a single page from "The Great West Illustrated in a Series of Photogrpahic Views Across the Continent" that contains an albumen print photograph.

The print shows a restaurant, saloon, bakery and other businesses lining a dirt road. There are two men standing outside of the RR Restaurant.

"Russell's wagon on left side foreground with black rectangular developing box on the back of the wagon. Bear River City was one of the notorious hell on wheels towns that sprang up along the railroad route. In one notorious incident, vigilantes hung a man accused of murder. Soon, his friends formed a mob and attacked the town. The riot was finally put down by soldiers from Ft. Bridger." Remarks per Glenn Willumson for the NEA Russell Grant, July 2013 - June 2015. Source for information in remarks: David Bain, Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad (New York: Viking, 1999), 562-3.
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