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"Charles Roscoe Savage [1832-1909] was born in Southampton, England, in 1832. During the winter of 1855-56 he emigrated to the United States, and began to take an interest in photography soon after his arrival in New York. In 1859, he set up his first gallery in Council Bluffs, Iowa. In the spring of 1860, he outfitted a wagon and team to take he and his family to Utah. There, he began a partnership with Marsena Cannon, an early Utah daguerreotypist and photographer. One year later, Cannon moved to the southern Utah, so Savage took on a new partner, artist George Ottinger. The studio of "Savage and Ottinger" grew in prominence over the years, with the work of both artists distributed across the country. Many of Savage's photographs were reproduced in Harper's Weekly newspaper, which added to the national reputation of the firm. The partnership continued until 1870. Savage's most famous photograph was that of the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory Summit on May 10, 1869. He was also the first to photograph Zion National Park (before it was a park). He also captured hundreds of images documenting the growth of Utah towns. He traveled extensively over the western United States, taking pictures in such far-ranging areas as Canada and Mexico, and from California to Nebraska. His views were sold throughout the United States and Europe, and his studio at one time was the most widely known producer of western landscape views in the country. Savage's glass-plate negatives were destroyed by two studio fires, one in 1883, and another in 1911, two years after his death." Summarized by an anonymous contributor from a biographic sketch by Paul Rubinstein.

For additional information see:

# Miles Titles Additional Description
    Central Pacific Railroad. Illustrated by C. R. Savage. Verso:

Photographic Scenes in Utah, Arizona, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming Territories, Views of the Most Interesting Points on the Union Pacific, Central Pacific, and Utah Central Railroads, Groups of Indians, And Portraits of the Representative Men of Utah.

Taken by C. R. Savage

Pioneer Art Gallery, 

East Temple St. Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Savage: Rock Cut at Aspen.  
    Savage: Rocks of Moleen.  
    Savage: Devil’s Gate Bridge and Hanging Rock.  
    Savage: The Old Mill—Early Morning.  
    Savage: Devil’s Gate, Weber Canon.  
    Savage/Manuscript: Devils Gate Weber Cañon. Same image as previous.
    Savage: American River from Cape Horn.  
    Savage: West side of East Temple Street.  
    Savage: Utah Central Railroad Bridge—Ogden.  
    Savage: Rock Cut—Green River.  
    Savage: View of the Summit.  
    Savage: Secret Town Trestle, near Gold Run.  
    Savage: Secret Town Trestle Work, near Gold Run. Same image as previous.
    Savage: Lake Angeline, on the Summit.  
    Savage: Bloomer Cut, cost $1,000,000 to construct.  
    Savage: Cape Horn, from above.  
    Savage: Rounding Cape Horn.  
    Savage: Cape Horn, looking West.  
    Savage: Rock Cut, above Alta.  
    Savage/Manuscript: Pulpit Rock, mouth of Echo.  
    Savage: Pulpit Rock, with Railroad Track. Same image as previous.
    Savage/Manuscript: Tunnel No3 and Weber River.  
    Savage/Manuscript: Tunnell #3 Weber Canon. Same image as previous.
    Savage: Finger Rock, Weber Kanyon. Same image as previous.
    Savage/Manuscript: R. R. to ... Utah Same image as previous.
    Savage/Manuscript: Finger Rock near the Mouth of Echo Same image as previous.
    Savage/Manuscript: Tower Rock, Green River  
    Savage: Witch Rock, from the top.  
122   Savage: WITCHES’ ROCKS, NEAR VIEW.  
    Savage: Split Rocks  
    Savage: Plum Pudding Rock near Sherman.  
    Savage/Manuscript: Echo City  
170   Savage: TWIN ROCKS, GREEN RIVER.  
    Savage/Manuscript: Pulpit & Hanging Rock. Echo  
    Savage: Witch Rocks, near Echo City.  
    Savage: Devil’s Slide and Railroad Track.  
    Savage: Shores of Salt Lake.  
    Savage: Narrows of Ogden Cañon.  
    Savage: New Tabernacle, 150 feet wide, 250 feet long, 80 feet high  
    Savage: East Side Salt Lake City.  
    Savage: Townsend House.  
    Savage: Front View of Residence of Pres. B. Young.  
    Savage: East Side East Temple Street.  
    Savage: Wahsatch Mountains, from the University.  
    Savage: Central part of Salt Lake City.  
    Savage: Foundation of Temple, Old and New Tabernacles.  
    Savage: Theatre, South End.  
    Savage: Lone Free Rock, Looking Down.  
    Savage: Mouth of the Black Canon of the Colorado.  
    Savage: Bayonet Cactus on the Desert.  

Savage Titles from the Archive:

Savage titles from the Swackhamer Annex:
[Numbers shown below are not historic numbering.]

[Last updated 12/24/2005]

List of C.P.R.R./U.P.R.R. Savage Stereographs (incomplete):

based on New York Public Library and private collections

from combined information from Willumson, Kibbey, Palmquist, Swackhamer, Ryan, National Stereographic Association - Holmes Stereographic Research Library, and others.

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