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Cameron's Cone from “Tunnel 4” by William Henry Jackson

Cameron's Cone from “Tunnel 4”, 1879

William Henry Jackson

The craggy mouth of a tunnel for the Colorado Midland Railway creates a natural frame for a group of passengers wearing their finest hats grouped on and around a train's caboose, with the mountains beyond. The photographer shot this image from inside the tunnel, capturing the curve of the tracks, the engineering marvel of the passage cut through rock, and the happy-go-lucky demeanor of the passengers, dressed in their best to ride the rails through spectacular wild scenery. The photograph would have been an excellent advertisement for the brand-new pleasures of passenger travel by train.

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