Presumably, the Gardner Collection of Photographs, Harvard University
To the present owner, 1965-66
The Devil's Slide is one of Utah's famous natural landmarks, a limestone formation of two parallel reefs. Twenty feet apart, and some forty feet high, the parallel formations extend several hundred feet in length. They can be readily seen by those traveling north on today's Interstate 84, and would have been well-known to the railroad passenger of the 19th century. In the mammoth-plate offered here, the train has been halted for the benefit of the photographer. When the present image was made, Watkins was traveling in his own special railroad car, courtesy of his friend, the magnate Collis Huntington, president of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company.
Weston Naef and the Carleton Watkins Mammoth Plate Catalogue Raisonné Project locate only one other print of this image: in the collection of the DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.
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