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Guide to the Issac G. Davidson Photographs
circa 1880-1888



VM Collection No.: 332
Creator: Davidson, Issac Grundy , photographer
Title: Issac G. Davidson photographs
Date Span: circa 1880-1888
Quantity: 83 photographic prints (2 boxes) ; various sizes
Location: Entire collection available on digital site
KV933 (box 1)
KV932 (box 2)
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Davidson, Issac G., Train on a trestle, circa 1887. Special Collections, UW Libraries, UW35527z




Biographical Note

Issac Grundy Davidson was born in Warren County, Illinois, in 1845. His family moved to Oregon in 1850 and soon he was trained in farming and bookkeeping for a printing business. Soon after in 1869, Davidson married into the pioneering family of D.L. Riggs from Salem, Oregon by marrying his daughter, Sarah O. Riggs. The Riggs family traveled to Oregon in 1853 and were well known blacksmiths and machine workers. Davidson began taking photographs around 1880. He had a studio in Portland, Oregon as early as 1883. In 1885, Davidson moved to Tacoma, Washington, where he established a photography business.

Scope and Content

The collection contains photographs taken along the route of the Northern Pacific Railway over Stampede Pass between Pasco and Tacoma; Scenes in Oregon and Washington along the Columbia River and views in Tacoma.

Digital Content

View the digital version of the collection

Restrictions on Access

Access to original photographs restricted. Entire collection available on digital site. Contact Special Collection for further information.

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Acquisition Info

Three photographs Micahel Maslan 1993; two photographs Michael Fairley; one photograph C.D. Raymond May 21, 1957

Processing Info

Processed by Karma Deki Tshering, 2010; Erin Mettling, 2012; revised by Stefanie Terasaki, 2013.

Item 61a transferred from the Northern Pacific Railroad Collection PHColl 357.


Inventory

 
Box/Folder Item Date
Oregon and the Columbia River
1/11Rooster Rock, Columbia River   View image1882
Copy of photo from the book Oregon Railway and Navigation Co. Summer Saunterings, 1882.
2Cape Horn, Columbia River, view of several pinnacles and waterfalls   View image1882
Original photo used in book from Oregon Railway and Navigation Co. Summer Saunterings, 1882.
3Multnomah Falls, Oregon   View image1882
Copy of photo from the book from Oregon Railway and Navigation Co. Summer Saunterings, 1882.
Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in Oregon.
4Castle Rock, Columbia River   View image1882
Copy of photo from the book Oregon Railway and Navigation Co. Summer Saunterings, 1882.
5Passage of the Dalles, Columbia River   View image1882
Copy of photo from the book Oregon Railway and Navigation Co. Summer Saunterings, 1882.
6View from Upper Cascades, Columbia River   View image1882
Copy of photo from the book Oregon Railway and Navigation Co. Summer Saunterings, 1882.
7Davidson's Advertisement for Oregon and Washington landscape view photography   View imagecirca 1800s
Copy of advertisement from the book Oregon Railway and Navigation Co. Summer Saunterings, 1882.
8Oregon Railway train between The Needles rock formation   View image1882
Photograph is similar to ones used in Summer Saunterings.
9Officer's quarters, Fort Stevens, Oregon   View imageundated

 
Box/Folder Item Date
Northern Pacific Railway, Washington, wintercirca 1887
The Northern Pacific Railway was a transcontinental railroad that was operational from the Pacific Coast to Minnesota. Construction on the railroad started in 1870 and Commencement Bay in Tacoma, Washington was selected as the western terminus on July 14, 1873. By 1883 the main rail line connecting Minnesota and Portland, Oregon was completed with further planned connections underway. In 1884 after much financial struggle including the bankruptcy of the Railway's then president, Henry Villard, a connection was built between Tacoma and Seattle. The new line was poorly built and did not provide adequate service and by 1887 Seattle was determined as the new terminus for the Railway.
1/210Tracks and entrance to Stampede Pass tunnel   View imagecirca 1887
11Railway trestle   View imagecirca 1887
12Two men on railway trestle   View imagecirca 1887
13Group of nine men on railway trestle   View imagecirca 1887
14Men standing on large railway trestle   View imagecirca 1887
15Mostly finished railway trestle   View imagecirca 1887
16Train cars on snow covered tracks   View imagecirca 1887
17Railway trestle on hillside   View imagecirca 1887
18-19Railway trestle in winter   View imagecirca 1887
1/320Man sitting on railway trestle   View imagecirca 1887
21-22Railway trestle in the snow   View imagecirca 1887
23Man sitting on tracks   View imagecirca 1887
24Train on trestle   View imagecirca 1887
25Two men standing on very large railway trestle   View imagecirca 1887
26Switchback tracks on hillside   View imagecirca 1887

 
Box/Folder Item Date
Northern Pacific Railway, Washington, summercirca 1887
1/427Trestle over Green River Gorge   View imagecirca 1887
28Six men on railroad bridge   View imagecirca 1887
29Railroad bridge over river   View imagecirca 1887
30Train on bridges above a camp   View imagecirca 1887
31Men with handcar on railroad trestle along hillside   View imagecirca 1887
32Railroad trestle and cars of the Northern Pacific Railway   View imagecirca 1887
33Railway trestle along hillside   View imagecirca 1887
34Two men standing on handcar on railroad trestle   View imagecirca 1887
35Railway trestle along hillside   View imagecirca 1887
1/536Five men around a handcar on a railway trestle near bridge   View imagecirca 1887
37-42Railway trestle   View imagecirca 1887
1/643Five men on railway trestle   View imagecirca 1887
44Railway trestle   View imagecirca 1887
45Five men standing on railway trestle   View imagecirca 1887
46-47Railway trestle   View imagecirca 1887
48Railway trestle over river   View imagecirca 1887
49Bridge in Yakima County   View imagecirca 1887
Caption on photo: 5" Xing [crossing] Yakima.
2/150-51Railway trestle   View imagecirca 1887
52Railway trestle over river   View imagecirca 1887
53-55Railway trestle   View imagecirca 1887
56Railway trestle over river   View imagecirca 1887
57Railway trestle on hillside   View imagecirca 1887
2/258Railroad flatcars carrying ore on trestle   View imagecirca 1887
59Trestle over gulley in cleared forest   View imagecirca 1887
60Short trestle in cleared forest   View imagecirca 1887
61Man on a rail bike on a trestle, route of the Northern Pacific Railway   View imagecirca 1887
61aGroup of men standing no trestle, Cascade Division1886
Written on front: Last Spike. Edgar Wickersham, water man.

 
Box/Folder Item Date
Railroad Campcirca 1887
2/362Building near Stampede Pass Tunnel   View imagecirca 1887
Stampede Pass is in the Cascade Range and was discovered in 1881 by Virgil Bogue. The Northern Pacific Railroad created the Northern Pacific Cascade Division and handled the Stampede Pass Tunnel that was completed in 1888 and was 1.86 miles long. The completion of the tunnel allowed for a connection through the Cascades from Yakima to Tacoma.
63Waterfall at Stampede Pass, east end tunnel   View imagecirca 1887
64Men posing on railroad, Stampede Pass   View imagecirca 1887
Written on verso: "Last spike"
65Men posing on porch of building   View imageJanuary 1, 1887
Written on photo: Headquarters, Eagle Gorge
Eagle Gorge in the Cascades was discovered and named during the explorations of Green River and Stampede Pass by the Northern Pacific Railway Company.
66Materials yard, Eagle Gorge   View imageJanuary 1, 1887
67Men and women posing outside a log building   View imagecirca 1887
68Man next to ore cart on tracks   View imagecirca 1889-1890
Written on verso: Unidentified metals mine, probably eastern Washington
69Men, women, and horses around a building mine   View imagecirca 1889-1890
Written on verso: Unidentified metals mine, probably eastern Washington
70Men and children posed in front of building   View imagecirca 1889-1890
Written on verso: Unidentified metals mine, probably eastern Washington

 
Box/Folder Item Date
Washington
1/771Photograph of a drawing of front and side of the Tacoma Hotel, Tacoma, Washington   View imagecirca 1888
The Tacoma Hotel was designed by Stanford White, an architect from New York and built in 1884. It was positioned over Commencement Bay and had views of Mount Rainier. In 1935 the Hotel was burned down by a fire.
72Photograph of a drawing of rear view of Tacoma Hotel with boats and dock, Tacoma, Washington   View imagecirca 1888
73Panorama of Tacoma, Washington   View imagecirca 1800s
74-75Mount Rainier from Tacoma, Washington   View imagecirca 1800s
76Lumber yard at the Utsalady Mill   View imageAugust 9-13, 1883
Written on photo: P.M. Co. Utsalady Mills Puget Sound Aug 9-13th 1883
77Men and a woman posed outside a log cabin   View imagecirca 1880s
Written on verso: Cascade Tunnel, Washington Territory, N.B. Turner's Residence
78Interior of bank   View imagecirca 1880s

 
Box/Folder Item Date
People
1/879Unidentified sports team   View imagecirca 1880s
80Rev. Myron Eels   View imagecirca 1880s
Myron Eels was born to pioneer missionaries Cushing and Myra Eels in 1843 in Spokane, Washington. Myron Eels father, Cushing Eels worked to create Whitman College in 1859. In 1871 Myron attended Hartford Theological Seminary in Connecticut and by 1874 he was working as a missionary on the Skokomish Reservation. He is known for his extensive research into the histories of the Pacific Northwest and its peoples.
81Portrait of a man   View imagecirca 1880s

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Last modified: April 2, 2014
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