America 150 years ago (34 photos)

Photographer Timothy O'Sullivan in the 1860 70s made some of the most famous images in American history. After the US Civil War O'Sullivan joined the expedition organized by the federal government to document the new frontiers of the American West. Teams were composed of soldiers, scientists, artists and photographers.

Indian artist Pa-Ute, Utah, 1872.



two hills near the Green River City, Wyoming, 1872.



Settlement near Oriana, Nevada, 1867.



Dome-shaped rock in Pyramid Lake, Nevada, 1867.



National Monument Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, 1873.



Old Church in Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico, 1873.


A man sitting in a wooden boat on the shores of the Colorado River in Black Canyon, Mohave County, Arizona, 1871.


Browns Park, Colorado, 1872.


Shoshone Falls, Snake River, Idaho, 1874.


A man sits on the rocky shore in the canyon of the iceberg on the border of the Mojave County, Arizona, and Clark County, Nevada, 1871.


The carriage, drawn by four mules in the Carson Sink, the state Nedava, 1867.


The mining town of Gold Hill, south of Virginia City, Nevada, 1867.


Wooden path coming from the mines area Pahranagat, Nevada, 1871.


In 1867, O'Sullivan went to Virginia City, Nevada, to document the activities of the working 275 meters underground. Savage in mines, Gould and Curry on the Comstock Lode,, rich deposits of silver in America.


Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, 1873.


The hills to the north of the Colorado Plateau, 1872.


Indians under the tree near Cottonwood Springs, Nevada, 1875.


Green and Yampa Canyons, Utah, 1872.


O'Sullivan photographed the inscription in Spanish, which was made even before his expedition in 1726. "This place was held by John Joseph de Payba Baskonzelos in the year in which it is organized by the Council of the Kingdom at his own expense, February 18, 1726.ยป


Navajo, New Mexico, 1873.


Canyon of Lodore, Colorado, 1972.


The ruins of ancestral Pueblo Indians (Anasazi) in Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, 1873. The homes were built in the rocks more than 500 years ago.


Cruise boat on the river Truckee, western Nevada, 1867.


Man basks in the Pagosa Hot Springs, Colorado, 1874.


Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1873.


Native American Mojave Maiman working guide and translator, Colorado, 1871.


Alta City, Little Cottonwood, Utah, 1873.


Mesa, Colorado River, Arizona, 1871.


Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, 1869.


Rock formations in Wyoming, 1872.


Oak Grove, Sierra Blanca, Arizona, 1873.


Shoshone Falls, Idaho, 1868.


Inskripshn Rock (now the National Monument El Morro), New Mexico, 1873. Please note the little figure of a man in the center of the bottom. El Morro has for centuries been a place of rest for travelers. Since the 17th century the natives, Europeans and then the American settlers carved their names and messages on the rocks, but in 1906 a law was passed forbidding it to do.




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