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Sentinel Rock, Weber Valley
Andrew Joseph Russell (American, 1830–1902)
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Gift of Jeffrey Fraenkel, 1986
Not on view
From mid-1868 through the driving of the golden spike on May 10, 1869, A. J. Russell photographed the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad and the landscape of the "Great American Desert" through which it ran. At Echo City, a Mormon settlement even before the arrival of the railroad, Russell made two views of the frontiersman’s precarious hold on a terrain that had until then been shaped only by millennia of geological forces.