William Henry Jackson

William Henry Jackson (HMNJ0)

Location: Omaha, NE 68102 Douglas County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 15.505', W 95° 56.085'

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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.
HM NumberHMNJ0
Placed ByOmaha Corral of Westerners, Omaha Public Library, and Nebraska State Historical Society
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Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 1:25pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 254135 N 4571598
Decimal Degrees41.25841667, -95.93475000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 15.505', W 95° 56.085'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 15' 30.30" N, 95° 56' 5.10" W
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Area Code(s)402
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-298 S 14th St, Omaha NE 68102, US
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