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Catalog Number X1989.10.01
Title FIRST MINING CAMP AT BANNACK
Object Name Drawing
Artist Halliday, Robert
Dimensions H-7 W-11.5 inches
Medium Pencil/Paper
Date 1862
Notes Landscape depicting an early mining camp. There are four tipis located in the left foreground in front of two rows of log buildings. A creek with brushy/marshy areas runs horizontally through the mid-ground. Many buildings, including a large mill at left, are shown above the creek, and there is a solitary tipi on the far righ by the creek. The background is comprised of predominantly treeless hills.

The following description was written by James Fergus on the reverse of the image: "On the other side of this paper you will see a sketch in pencil of a portion of Bannack City. Taken by Robert Holiday [sic] an English man who came out with us. The paper was not large enough to take in the whole village, about 1/3 of it lies to the left of the picture. The white streak through the centre shows the creek running to the right or East, as you are looking towards Minnesota or the artist was where he took the sketch. The creek where it is lost to sight turns to the left and enters the canon which is seen between the ranges of hills running to the right. Nearly all the diggings are down in this canon. That is the creek & bar diggings, they commence here and run down the creek and are worked as far as four miles below. There are two Snake villages down the canon on bars. The dry diggings are immediately behind you as you look at the picture. The two Indian lodges to the right in the front of the picture are the ones the Indians were killed in. Our cabin is on the extreme right in the front of the picture near the lodges. As [sic - ours?] is perhaps the only one improperly drawn as it is double roofed and the chimney in the centre, where it should only [illegible line resulting from a fold in the paper]… near the side. On the extreme left at the head of the picture is Aults Hall which is larger than it looks, it is nearly in the middle of the town. The claim I will probably work on is just down a short distance below where the hills come together. The light color of the sketch shows that the ground is covered with snow and only the rocky point houses &c. are bare. The sketch is anything but complete but I have to take it as it is. To the right of right of our cabin stands our wagons and McIntires. Behind the cabin and between you and I is a hay yard…. [the remainder of the message has been torn off]."
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Mining
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