Omaha in Douglas County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
William Henry Jackson
1843 - 1942
From 1867 to 1869 the first photography studio of William Henry Jackson, renowned photographer, artist, and explorer of the Old West, stood on the northwest corner of this block. His autobiography, Time Exposure, reports that in 1869 Omaha had the vitality of "a boom town."
Jackson first crossed Nebraska in 1866 on the Oregon Trail, working as a bullwhacker with a freighting outfit. His sketches of the trip vividly depicted the trail experience. In 1870 he joined the Hayden Geological Survey, which took him and artist Thomas Moran to Wyoming's Yellowstone region. By revealing Yellowstone's wonders, Jackson's photographs and Moran's paintings contributed to the establishment of our first national park.
Jackson's camera also focused on the infant towns along the Union Pacific Railroad, Nebraska's Pawnee Indians, the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde, and the Mountain of the Holy Cross in Colorado, which inspired a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. In 1898 Jackson captured scenes of Omaha's Trans-Mississippi Exposition. Although his life spanned nearly a century, Jackson's photographs and sketches of the glorious landscapes of the nineteenth-century West are his enduring legacy.
Erected by Omaha Corral of Westerners, Omaha Public Library, and Nebraska State Historical
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 41° 15.505′ N, 95° 56.085′ W. Marker is in Omaha, Nebraska, in Douglas County. Marker is on Douglas Street near 14th Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is on the north grounds of the W. Dale Clark Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 215 South 15th Street, Omaha NE 68102, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Woodmen of the World (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Securities Building (about 700 feet away); First National Bank Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Baum Iron Company Building 1880 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Omaha Centennial (approx. 0.2 miles away); J.P. Cooke Building 1885-1889 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Millard Block 1880-1881 (approx. ¼ mile away); Morse Coe Building (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Omaha.
Also see . . .
1. W. Dale Clark Main Library. (Submitted on September 2, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. William Henry Jackson Collection at Scotts Bluff National Monument. (Submitted on September 2, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. William Henry Jackson Collection at BYU. (Submitted on September 2, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. William Henry Jackson. (Submitted on September 2, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Environment • Exploration • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 2, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,088 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 2, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.