A carte-de-visite sized photographically-printed sketch, substantially overdrawn in ink, laid down on card, manuscript title on verso ‘Devil’s Gate in Weber Cannon [sic.] by D. Van Lennep’, printed by Savage & Ottinger from an original by Van Lennep, overdrawn by Van Lennep.

Great Salt lake City, Utah: [no date but 1866-1867].

Image: 2 1/2 x 2 7/8 inches, on mount 3 1/8 x 2 1/3 inches. Provenance: David Van Lennep, and by descent Item #265960

The artist’s own copy of an important early image of a famous Utah / Union Pacific Railroad landmark: drawn by a geologist who took part in the Union Pacific preliminary survey in 1866-1867, and printed by the early Salt Lake photographers, Savage & Ettinger. Van Lennep was a younger son of a well-established Smyrna-based mercantile family (his eldest brother, Henry J. Van Lennep, is probably the best known). Savage is now best known for his photographs of the linking of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads on Promontory Summit, at Promontory, Utah in 1869.
”Emigrants travelling to California … took the first wagons through Weber Canyon in 1846. The first road through the canyon was completed in 1855 by a group led by Thomas J. Thurston. In 1868, Brigham Young contracted with the Union Pacific Railroad to build part of the transcontinental railroad though Weber Canyon. Interstate 84 now travels through Weber Canyon… [which is also the location of ]… the 1000 Mile Tree, a pine discovered by Union Pacific Railroad workers marking 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from the railroad's origin in Omaha Nebraska.” (Wikipedia).

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