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"Sun Sketches of Columbia River Scenery"

Arranged numerically by Watkins number. Note that some of the photos appear out of numerical sequence within the album.
This album was originally owned in 1884 by Charles H. Prescott (b. 1839), manager of the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Co. from 1881-1887, and is inscribed with his signature and the date. It also bears an inscription from John Neilson Barry (b. 1870), an Episcopal clergyman and historian from Portland, Or., to Julius L. Meier (1874-1937), governor of Oregon from 1931-1935. The album contains photographs taken during Watkins' trips to Portland and the Columbia River in 1882-1883, as well as two cropped reprints (noted below) of mammoth plates that he took during his original 1867 trip to the area. The images in this album were published separately as "Watkins' New Series Columbia River Scenery." There are loose duplicate plates of twenty-nine of these images that are housed in Boxes 5 and 7.

Watkins, Carleton E., 1829-1916

"O.1. Mt. Hood from near Vancouver."

View of a distant Mount Hood, rising over the Columbia River. In the foreground, long fences encircle a property and a log cabin. Taken from the south side of Government Island. Loose, cropped duplicate plate in 5/1. Condition note: Exposure has faded and Mount Hood is barely visible. This plate is part of Carlton Watkin's "Sun Sketches of Columbia River Scenery" album.

Watkins, Carleton E., 1829-1916

"O.3. Cape Horn. View Looking Down the River."

View of Cape Horn on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, looking down the Columbia River. There is a fence and large tree stump in the foreground. Loose duplicate plate in 5/1. This plate is part of Carlton Watkin's "Sun Sketches of Columbia River Scenery" album.

Watkins, Carleton E., 1829-1916

"O.44. The Head of the Dalles."

A large rock formation marks the head of the Dalles on the Columbia River. People stand on the bank of the river. Loose duplicate plate in 7/1. This plate is part of Carlton Watkin's "Sun Sketches of Columbia River Scenery" album.

Watkins, Carleton E., 1829-1916

“D.106. Clearing the Track of the O.R. & N.R.R., from Rooster Rock to Oneonta Falls."

Men at work clearing snow from the track of the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company’s railroad line along the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge during the winter storm of 1884 – 1885. This plate is part of an album of Watkin’s New Series photographs originally owned by Charles H. Prescott, manager of the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Co.

Watkins, Carleton E., 1829-1916

“D.117. From Rooster Rock to Oneonta Falls. Bridal Veil Bluff, looking West.”

View of Bridal Veil Bluff covered in snow during the winter storm of 188401885. There is an unidentified many standing in front of a cabin in the foreground and a train in the background on the right half of the image. This plate is part of an album of Watkin’s New Series photographs originally owned by Charles H. Prescott, manager of the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Co.

Watkins, Carleton E., 1829-1916

"D.120. From Rooster Rock to Oneonta Falls. The Needles."

View of railroad tracks passing through the rock formation known as the Needles on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge during the winter storm of 1884-1885. This plate is part of an album of Watkin’s New Series photographs originally owned by Charles H. Prescott, manager of the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Co.

Watkins, Carleton E., 1829-1916

"Castle Rock."

View of Castle Rock, also known as Beacon Rock, on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. Photo taken from the Oregon side of the gorge. There are 2 structures, possibly houses, on the shore of the Columbia River.

Watkins, Carleton E., 1829-1916

"Winter View from Bridal Veil."

Winter view of the Columbia River and the Cascade Mountains of the Columbia River Gorge, taken from Bridal Veil, Oregon. Snow on the ground and railroad tracks in the foreground. There is a wooden structure in the trees near the tracks.

Watkins, Carleton E., 1829-1916

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