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Carleton Watkins Mine Interiors Collection

Interior photos of mines in Butte, Montana, 1890, hundreds of feet below ground i


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About the Collection

Among the riches of the historical photograph collections of the University of Idaho Library is an oversize portfolio of 80 original Carleton E. Watkins photographs.

Long considered lost, these photographs of the interior of four Anaconda Mines in Butte, Montana, were taken in 1890. They show early hard-rock mining techniques, equipment, and men deep underground.

You may browse the collection by location of mine or by depth of the photograph taken. We also provide a series of letters that Watkins sent from Butte to his wife in San Fransisco detailing his working conditions while taking these photographs.

And if you'd like to browse the entire collection:

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