University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Southern Pacific Sunset Route Photographs, ca. 1890



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Turrill, Charles B. (Charles Beebe), 1854-1927
Title: Southern Pacific Sunset Route Photographs
Dates: ca. 1890
Abstract: Collection consists of photographs and glass negatives by Charles B. Turrill of Trans-Pecos Texas, including numerous scenes of El Paso, Texas, and the borderlands with Mexico.
Extent: 1.25 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Charles B. Turrill (1854-1927) was a professional San Francisco photographer who rode the Southern Pacific Railroad’s Sunset Route from El Paso to the mouth of the Pecos River and photographed what he saw there.


Scope and Contents

Collection consists of photographs and glass negatives of Trans-Pecos Texas, including numerous scenes of El Paso, Texas, and the borderlands with Mexico. Other scenes portray Marfa, Paisano Pass, Toronto Canyon, Murphysville (now Alpine), Shumla, Rio Grande canyons and caves, the Pecos River Viaduct and the Painted Cave with its Indian pictographs. Images are arranged numerically in existing order established by the photographer; numbers and often titles are written directly on the negatives.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Access is restricted to negatives and original prints. Duplicate prints are open for research in the Prints and Photographs Collection file entitled “Railroads--Southern Pacific.”


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Turrill, Charles B. (Charles Beebe), 1854-1927 --Archives
Subjects
Courthouses
Hotels
Pecos River (N.M. and Tex.)
Picture writing, Indian
Railroad stations
Railroads
Rio Grande
Southern Pacific Railroad Company
Places
Alpine (Tex.)
El Paso (Tex.)
Marfa (Tex.)
Shumla (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Southern Pacific Sunset Route Photographs, ca. 1890, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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3Y63-67 Glass negatives
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3Y68 Prints