Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum


Additional Images by J. B. Silvis


Falcon Locomotive at Argenta, Nevada.

China section gang Promontory.
Central Pacific Railroad construction at Promontory (Box Elder County), Utah; shows Chinese-American workers and a photographer's car with lettering: "U.P.R.R. Photograph [Car], J. B. Silvis Stereoscopic & Landscape Views of Notable Points on Line of Pacific R. R. Always on Hand."  c. 1869-1870. [Source: Miss. Louise Stegner - Omaha, Neb.]
Courtesy Denver Public Library.

Bullion from mines.
Stacked gold or silver ingots; a mine building is in the background.  c. 1880-1900.
Courtesy Denver Public Library.

Silvis images from the Swackhamer Pacific Railroad Stereograph Collection (see bottom half of the page).
Courtesy Barry A. Swackhamer.

Silvis portraits from the Darah collection.


Silvis.  Imprint, stereoview verso
Silvis' Stereoview Mount Imprint, Verso

J.B. Silvis stereoviews.  J.B. Silvis operated the Pacific Railroad Photograph car headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska from 1860-1880.  He was the official photographer for The Union Pacific Railroad and was also partner with C.W. Carter 1867-1868.

Yellow stereoview cards imprinted:
"Views of the Pacific Rail Road"
"J.B.Silvis, Rocky Mountain Scenery"
On the back is the famous logo of the U.P.R.R. Photograph Car.
The following views are all untitled.

Silvis.  Bridge
??Devil's Gate Bridge, Weber Canyon
Comment:  I do not think the view is of Devil's Gate Bridge. I suspect it is of
American Falls, ID, in which case it was probably taken by Tate after he
took over the Photograph Car from Silvis. Tate took the Photo Car to Idaho
in '82 or '83. Tate mounted many of his views on Sivis' cards. Otherwise it
might be a view of some other post-construction improvement.
Comment Courtesy Barry A. Swackhamer.
 

Silvis.  River, wrecked train
Flood at Bitter Creek, Wyoming.
Debris on the right far bank and rail on the rocks in the river from washed out bridge and roadbed; two men standing on the rails, left.

Silvis. Rocks
Horses and men in the distance.

Silvis. Rocks

Silvis. Rocks

Silvis.  Tabernacle and Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah
Morman Tabernacle and laying of the foundation for the Morman Temple, Salt Lake City.

Courtesy Graham Pilecki.


\Silvis Portrait.  Courtesy of the Brian A Hubmann personal Art collection in Heber Springs, Arkansas.Silvis Portrait.  Courtesy of the Brian A Hubmann personal Art collection in Heber Springs, Arkansas.

Silvis portrait (one of four in this collection).

Silvis Portrait.  Courtesy of the Brian A Hubmann personal Art collection in Heber Springs, Arkansas.

Silvis Portrait.  Courtesy of the Brian A Hubmann personal Art collection in Heber Springs, Arkansas.

Courtesy of the Brian A Hubmann personal Art collection in Heber Springs, Arkansas.


Also see Silvis portraits of the Burton family.


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