Echo Cliffs, Grand River Canyon

Echo Cliffs, Grand River Canyon


William Henry Jackson

(American, 1843–1942)


Image: 26.7 x 52.7 cm (10 1/2 x 20 3/4 in.); Matted: 61 x 76.2 cm (24 x 30 in.)

Gift of Charles Isaacs and Carol Nigro 2003.292


Did you know?

Amtrak’s California Zephyr rolls through this canyon today; Interstate 70 now runs along the opposite side of the river


This image, taken in 1887, shows the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad’s route alongside the Grand River (now the Colorado River) through present-day Glenwood Canyon, Colorado. The D&RG was racing another firm to reach Aspen first. Their haste is evidenced in the narrow-gauge tracks laid atop standard-gauge wooden ties. The route was converted to standard-gauge track in 1889–91. This print, made around 1900, is a photochrome, which is an ink-based process that produces color images from black-and-white photographic negatives. The museum also owns a photographic print of the image (2010.418), printed around 1893–1900.

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