Is this the First Photograph of Denver? A Research Investigation

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Fascinating article!!!

Have you seen this post from the Colorado Encyclopedia website?

It includes a photo attributed to the "early 1860s," showing the Rocky Mountain News and Tremont House.

If you're interested, Sandra Dallas also included a "lantern-slide" of General Larimer standing in front of his cabin (no date) in her 1967 book called "Gold & Gothic."

It also includes a neat engraving of Larimer and Blake Street from 1859.

Keep up the good work!

In reply to by Chip Galaty (not verified)

Hi Chip - Thanks for pointing that out. I wonder if that photo is one that was on display in the exhibit mentioned in the Rocky Mountain News?

This is magnificent.

In reply to by Bibliobomb (not verified)

Thank you for the kind words. They are greatly appreciated. 

Nice work, Brian! I'd like to think that it is the first photo. Thanks for the great read.

Thanks Frank, it was quite an interesting story to research and we're pretty lucky to have those resources right at our fingertips here at DPL. 

Thanks for the outstanding research on an obscure and difficult subject to detail.

In reply to by Thomas Martin (not verified)

Thank you, Thomas. Our collection does most of the heavy lifting on these things!

Great article! Sleuthing is great fun. I've done it for my great grandfather, Frank Gonner, an early Durango photographer, 1889. But in 1888, my great great great grandfather leased Asa Wilder's gallery there, setting up with his photographic partner, Anson Corey, both from Missouri. There are no known 100% identifiable photos created by these two men in Durango, but one of the first known by their three-man partnership was done in July 1889 after the fire burned part of the town. No one knows for certain which man took the photo, as the three were in town when it happened. I only half-remember what my grandmother told me. I wish I had paid attention.

Thanks for sharing that with us, Kathy. I think a lot of share those same thoughts about the conversations we had with our grandparents. 

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