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J. Frank Willis Photograph Album
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"A pack train."

A miner's pack (or jack) train loaded with supplies, including a stove. Two burros stand on a dirt road lined with wooden frame buildings. Title quoted from handwritten caption on card mount: "A pack train."

Westerman, Otto

"Actual size of a gold nugget, taken from Farncomb hill."

136-ounce mass of crystalized gold from the Gold Flake vein on Farncomb Hill called "Tom's Baby". Found on July 23, 1887 by Harry Lytton and Tom Groves outside of Breckenridge, Colorado. Title quoted from handwritten caption on card mount: "Actual size of a gold nugget, taken from Farncomb hill."

Westerman, Otto

Album page with five mounted photographs

Handwritten captions under each mounted photograph: "The Washington mine, showing ten mile Range."; "Tourists starting for the Mountains."; "Jack train loaded with Ore."; "Main St of Breckenridge in mid Winter."; "Mode of hauling Lumber by a jack train".

Westerman, Otto

Album page with inscription

The second page from the photo album with a handwritten and signed inscription. Designates Pauline W. Merritt as the recipient of the album as a gift from her brother, J. Frank Willis, and later as a gift from Pauline to her son. Quoted from handwritten text: "Pauline W. Merritt from her brother J. Frank Willis." and in different script "Given by Pauline W. Merritt to her son Jesse Frank Merritt named for her brother J. Frank Willis. 1937"

Willis, J. Frank

"Breckenridge Colo, from Shockhill, looking west."

View from Shock Hill looking east over the town of Breckenridge, Colorado towards Bald Mountain. The Denver South Park and Pacific (DSP&P) railway tracks and train depot are in the foreground, west of town. Title quoted from handwritten caption on card mount: "Breckenridge Colo, from Shockhill, looking west."

Westerman, Otto

"Breckenridge, looking down the Blue river valley"

Breckenridge, Colorado looking north down the Blue River valley. Railroad tracks are visible on Barney Ford Hill. The steep hillside is sparsely covered with thin trees. In the far distance is the snow-covered peak of Buffalo Mountain. Abbreviated title taken from handwritten caption on card mount: "Breckenridge, looking down the Blue river valley, showing R.R. track on Niggerhill to the right and Buffalo Mountain at Dillon, ten miles distance."

Westerman, Otto

Breckenridge, looking west from Barney Ford Hill

The town of Breckenridge, Colorado looking west from Barney Ford Hill. Tenmile Range in the background. Handwritten caption on card mount: "Breckenridge from Niggerhill, showing ten Mile range, 13,000 feet above Sea level six miles distance."

Westerman, Otto

"Carter Museum."

Edwin Carter's residence and museum in Breckenridge, Colorado. Built in 1875, this one story simple gable log cabin has a log addition on the south side. View of Tenmile Range in the background. Title quoted from handwritten caption on card mount: "Carter Museum."

Westerman, Otto

"Carter Museum, showing wild Animals, captured in Colorado."

Interior of Edwin Carter's museum with taxidermy of Colorado wildlife on display. Specimens include bison, bobcats, a donkey (or burro), elk and deer mounts. The black bear sepecimen appears to be holding a wine bottle. Title quoted from handwritten caption on card mount: "Carter Museum, showing wild Animals, captured in Colorado." The 1875-built Carter Museum was located on Ridge Street, Breckenridge. Photograph taken circa 1880s-1890s.

Westerman, Otto

"Entrance to the ten Mile Canon at Frisco."

Beginning of the railroad grade through snowy Ten Mile Canyon at Frisco, Colorado. To the left (southeast) of the narrow gauge track is a large stack of lumber or railroad ties. Opposite are utility poles. Title quoted from handwritten caption on card mount: "Entrance to the ten Mile Canon [sic] at Frisco."

Westerman, Otto

"Falls of upper Blue river"

A group of men and women sit or stand on the edge of the upper Blue River waterfalls, south of Breckenridge, Colorado. Pink hand tint/coloring on the photograph indicates where flowers grow despite the remaining snow. Title taken from handwritten caption on card mount: "Falls of upper Blue river, showing where flowers grow near a Snow bank, eight feet deep, in mid June".

Westerman, Otto

"Frisco, an ideal village in the Mountains."

A girl and a boy pose with children sitting astride two burros stopped in the center of Main Street, Frisco, Colorado. The girl stands with her hand on her hip, holding one burro's bridle. The boy has his arm laid across the same burro's back. Wooden buildings and wooden boardwalks line either side of the dirt road. In the distance is the base of Mount Royal (left) and Mount Wichita (right). Title quoted from handwritten caption on card mount: "Frisco, an ideal village in the Mountains."

Westerman, Otto

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