The Loop Above Georgetown U.P Rv. [Union Pacific Railway Viaduct]. W H. Jackson, American.
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The Loop Above Georgetown U.P Rv. [Union Pacific Railway Viaduct]

c1885. Albumen paper photograph, negative number “211”, caption and studio line in negative lower left to right, photographer’s name and annotations in pencil and ink with two partially obscured stamps on backing verso, 24.8 x 33.2cm. Creases, minor missing portions to corners and stains to edges, slight silvering to left portion, laid down on original backing.

Studio line reads “W.H. Jackson & Co., Phot., Denver, Colo.” The four trains in this image would have been stopped for the exposure of this photograph. There are men standing on top of train carriages in the foreground and background, likely waiting for the photographer’s signal to start moving again.

Built in 1884, “The Loop” in Georgetown, Colorado “soon became a popular tourist destination…The Georgetown Loop afforded the [train] engines a means of scaling the steep canyon by gaining 638 feet of elevation within a space of two miles. Without the curving series of double-horseshoes to create a loop the locomotives would have had the impossible task of climbing three hundred feet to the mile.” Ref: Lyden, Railroad Vision: Photography, Travel and Perception, 2003, #37.

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Item #CL191-25

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