Tag Archives: 1900s

Frontier Scene, Pine Bluffs, Wyoming

This image shows the small settlement of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming as it looked just after the start of the 20th century.

There is no description on the back of this card.

–The town is located on the border between Wyoming and Nebraska. Its growth was predicated on the presence of the railroad and the trailhead for cattle drives which ended here to allow transport of cattle to eastern markets. Even with this, the population today is just over 1100.

This image is noted on the card to date from the 1900s, though it was purchased and used on 14 July 1955.

San Fernando Tunnel, Newhall, California

This image shows the southern opening of the San Fernando Tunnel, which was cut through the Newhall Pass to allow trains direct access north to south through the San Gabriel Mountains north of Los Angeles.

672 – Entrance to San Fernando Tunnel, Valley Line, S.P.R.R.

There is no description on the back of this card. The sky portion is obscured by the message from the sender, who continued writing here after nearly filling the back completely except for the address box.

The tunnel was originally constructed for the Southern Pacific Railroad, but is now owned by the Union Pacific after the merger. The red objects behind the sign are cut lumber for the locomotive to use as fuel. Another view of the same image, without colorization, is available here.

This image likely dates to the 1900s, and while used and postmarked 17 July, there is no year on the stamp.

The Davis Palmer, a Five Masted Schooner

This image shows a fore-and-aft rigged five masted schooner a short distance from shore.

There is no description on the back.

Some searching turned up the name and brief history of the Davis Palmer. It indicates that the ship was built in 1905 and wrecked in 1909, placing the date of this image between those two dates.