As the official photographer of the famed Hayden Geological Surveys of the Western United States in the early 1870′s, William Henry Jackson was the first to document many of the Rocky Mountain’s legendary vistas – these photographs played a major role in the establishment of Yellowstone National Park in 1872. One of Jackson’s most iconic images is his photograph of Mount of the Holy Cross in 1873, taken while part of Hayden’s Geological Survey of the Colorado Rockies, a write-up of the that expedition appeared that summer in the New York Times:

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The Pikes Peak Library District produced this mini-documentary about William Henry Jackson, complete with the original audio of a 1941 interview he gave one year prior to his death at age 99.

 

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