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    William Henry Jackson, Photographer: Hayden Expedition Camped Near Ogden, Utah 1872. 10.25" x 7.5". Beginning in 1867, Dr. Ferdinand V. Hayden began a series of exploratory ventures into the relatively unknown areas of the American West. The 1872 Hayden Survey Expedition, his second, marks the beginning of recorded exploration of the Teton Range. The fruits of Hayden's surveys would later be published by the Department of the Interior in a book titled United States Geological Survey of the Territories in 1877. It would include important information about the natural resources and topography of the region. Hayden would later be instrumental in convincing President Grant to make Yellowstone the first National Park in the United States. This photograph features the twenty members of Hayden's expedition, including Hayden himself standing next to the surveying transit, camped below the Rocky Mountains near Ogden, Utah preparing for the survey into Yellowstone Park. Clearly visible are their tents, the men holding rifles, survey transit stands, and the "cook outfit". Fifteen of the twenty members of the team are identified in ink on the verso. This is one of very few photographs taken of Hayden's entire team on the expedition into the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone Park. As an historical side note, only days after this photograph was taken, two members of Hayden's expedition broke off from the team and became the first two white men to reach the summit of the Grand Teton. William Henry Jackson, the photographer on the expedition, is perhaps best known for the portraits of Native Americans taken on the various Hayden expeditions. The photograph has small areas of loss at three corners and along the bottom edge, otherwise it remains bright, sharp and in very good condition.

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