William F. Boyd photograph album, circa 1889-1891  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Boyd, William F., 1848-
William F. Boyd photograph album
circa 1889-1891 (inclusive)
104 photographic prints in 1 album (1 box)
Collection Number
Views of Seattle, the hops industry, logging and the aftermath of the Seattle fire
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Seattle, WA
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William F. Boyd was born in Ohio on September 5, 1848. His family later moved to Madison County, Iowa where, in 1865, he apprenticed in a photographic establishment. After operating a successful gallery in Des Moines for a number of years, he relocated to Seattle, Washington in 1888. This studio was destroyed in the Seattle fire on June 6, 1889. He then formed a partnership with George H. Braas which lasted until 1893. During the spring of 1893, Boyd retired from the partnership and established his own business.

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Images of Seattle street, city park and waterfront scenes; the aftermath of the Seattle Fire of 1889; Snoqualmie Falls; logging activities in Washington; and some Puget Sound Native Americans.

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Container(s) Description Dates
Page item
1 1a   Seattle looking west in the aftermath of Seattle Fire from 1st Avenue between Columbia and Cherry Streets.
Caption on page: Fire of 1889. Showing ruins of McDougall- Southwick Building. 1st and Columbia
1 1b  Aftermath of Seattle fire of June 6, 1889, looking north at the ruins of the Seattle Lake Shore and Eastern Railway Company tracks, Washington.
Caption on page: Fire of 1889. Roundhouse after fire.
2 2  Looking south on 1st Avenue towards the start of the Seattle fire [Boyd 91]
Caption on page: Start of fire.
3 3a   Big rock at Ravenna Park, Seattle [Boyd 38] undated
3 3b   Three Native American girls in western dress undated
3 3c  Logging crew with felled trees undated
3 3d   Ravenna Park, Seattle [Boyd 33] undated
4 4  Washington Street, looking west from 3rd Avenue. Seattle, Washington undated
5 5a Seattle looking south, showing tents and rebuilding following the Seattle fire 1889
5 5b  View over burned district shortly after the Seattle fire [Boyd 54] 1889
6 6a  Indian canoes on the waterfront at foot of Washington Street, Seattle [Boyd 22] undated
6 6b   Salmon in Gordon Creek, Yale, British Columbia
1 : stereo view
7 7a  Seattle looking north from transfer stables following the Seattle fire [Boyd 32] 1889
7 7b   Looking toward Pioneer Place from Second and James following the Seattle fire [Boyd 26] 1889
7 7c   Looking toward south from Second Street after the Seattle fire
Same image as item 45b
8 8a  Steamer Victoria undated
8 8b  Photographer standing on bank of Black River
Caption on page: Black River to Cedar and Duwamish.
9 9a  Mount Rainier undated
10 10a  The King Street coal wharves, Seattle undated
10 10b Big Rock at Ravenna Park, Seattle [Boyd 38] undated
10 10c  Seattle waterfront showing vessels anchored in harbor undated
11 11  Man seated on rubble on the corner Second & Columbia Streets after the Seattle Fire [Boyd 9] 1889
12 12a   Indian camp [Boyd 54]
Probably a hop pickers camp
12 12b Big Rock at Ravenna Park, Seattle [Boyd 38] undated
12 12c  Native American man and woman picking hops undated
13 13  Front Street, from First and James looking north, Seattle undated
14 14a  Princess Angeline, daughter of Chief Seattle. undated
14 14b   Composite view with portraits of Chief Seattle, Princess Angeline and views of Seattle undated
15 15a  Sawing down a fir tree in the Puget Sound [Boyd 87] undated
15 15b  Hop pickers with horses and cart in Fawcett's Hop field, Puyallup Valley undated
15 15c  Fourth of July parade, First Avenue, Seattle undated
16 16a  Second Street, looking north from Second and Yesler, Seattle undated
16 16b   U.S. Cruiser Charleston and the steamboat Olympia undated
16 16c   Occidental Square facing the Pioneer Building, Seattle undated
17 17a  Men standing next to large logs on railway cars, Seattle waterfront
Same image as item 51c
17 17b   Looking south from Denny Hill, Seattle undated
18 18a-b  Two part panorama of Seattle waterfront from coal bunkers. undated
19 19a-b  Two part panorama of Seattle waterfront from coal bunkers. Steamer Olympian in foreground undated
20 20  Silver Vails Falls, Green River undated
21 21a  View of the Seattle waterfront, looking south from Marion Street
On the left is President Benjamin Harrison disembarking from the steamer City of Seattle docked at Yesler's Wharf on the occasion of his visit to Seattle, Washington.A better copy is in Early Photographers (PHColl 334.Boyd & Braas 1).
May 6, 1891
21 21b  Four men standing on top of an Indian fish trap undated
21 21c   Seattle waterfront with steamers City of Seattle and Fleetwood undated
22 22  Snoqualmie Falls [Boyd 30] undated
23 23a  Hop fields undated
23 23b Shoreline undated
24 24  Indian horse race at Camas, Washington [Boyd 56] undated
25 25a   View of farm and fields undated
25 25b   Indian horse race at Camas, Washington [Boyd 60] undated
26 26a  C.C. Calkins Hotel, Mercer Island, Washington
This hotel has also been known as the Mercer Island Hotel and the East Seattle Hotel.
26 26b  Chinese man cooking in ruins following the Seattle fire 1889
26 26c  A man in Ravenna Park undated
27 27a Loggers and oxen surrounded by felled trees
Oliver Anderson (photographer)
27 27b   An Indian man and child in a hop field, Washington [Boyd 10]
Caption on image: Indian hop pickers
27 27c  Hop pickers undated
28 28a   View over Lake Washington and Leschi Park undated
28 28b  Entrance to coal mine with horse-drawn coal wagon and men [Boyd 83] undated
29 29a  Loggers and trees [Boyd 52]
Caption on image: Timber
29 29b  Log chute undated
30 30a  Skykomish River scene undated
31 31a Composite view with portraits of Chief Seattle, Princess Angeline and views of Seattle undated
31 31b 72 people sitting on top of a cedar stump in Sedro, Washington undated
32 32a  Fountain and people in Ravenna Park, Seattle [Boyd 68] undated
32 32b Seattle waterfront looking north from coal bunkers with Steamer Olympian [Boyd 73] undated
33 33  Men and women on a beach possibly south of Alki Point, Seattle undated
34 34a  Men and women in a sailboat shooting guns undated
34 34b   Loggers and oxen standing near a large fir log [Boyd 86] undated
34 34c   Men, oxen and logs at the Clothier & English's Logging camp undated
35 35 Yesler store on Front and James Street, Seattle
R. W. Brown (Photographer)
Caption on image: N.E. corner. Front & James street, Seattle
36 36  View looking northwest from 7th and Columbia in snow [Boyd 63] undated
37 37a   Upper Snoqualmie Falls, Washington [Boyd 45] undated
37 37b  Snoqualmie Falls seen through trees [Boyd 57] undated
38 38a Man in a rowboat out in a lake undated
38 38b  Indian hop pickers with wagon undated
38 38c   Snoqualmie Falls, Washington [Boyd 48]
Caption on image: Snoqualmie Falls 268 feet
39 39a  View of the Snoqualmie River, with Mt. "Uncle Si" in distance [Boyd 19] undated
39 39b  Snoqualmie Falls, Washington undated
40 40  Snoqualmie Falls, Washington undated
41 41a Logging team with oxen undated
41 41b  Three men cutting large fir tree undated
42 42a  Men on log in chute filled with water undated
42 42b  Hop pickers in McCratey's Hop Field undated
42 42c  Workers in rock quarry undated
43 43a Indian hop pickers undated
43 43b   Hunt and Patten's lumber mill undated
43 43c   Two men loading hops into a hop kiln undated
44 44a   Buildings on east side of Pioneer Square with Boyd & Braas Photography Studio sign undated
44 44b  Commemorative arch on Yesler Way created for President Harrison's visit to Seattle circa 1891
45 45a   Roche Harbor in the San Juan Islands undated
45 45b Seattle looking south from Second Street between Marion and Columbia following the Seattle fire
Same image as item 7c
45 45c  George Braas sketching on rock at the Snoqualmie Falls, Washington [Boyd 50] undated
46 46a  The "Three Falls" South fork of the Snoqualmie River [Boyd 51] undated
46 46b  Office tent Eschelmen, Llewellyn & Co. in the ruins of the Seattle fire 1889
46 46c   Upper Snoqualmie Falls, Washington [Boyd 27] undated
47 47  Men standing near railroad car loaded with a large piece of timber
Caption on image: 120 feet long. 4 feet square. Weight 97,000 LBS.Handwritten on page: This timber was hand hewed and sent to the Chicago World's Fair in 1893.
circa 1893
48 48  Composite view with portrait of Chief Seattle, Princess Angeline and view of Seattle and Snoqualmie Falls undated
49 49  Composite photograph showing portraits of members of Third Avenue Theater stock Company undated
50 50 Bridge over a canyon undated
51 51a   Olympic Mountains viewed from Seattle. undated
51 51b  Man on a horse in front of a large log
Caption on image: Camp W. Affleck. 24 feet, 63 inches. 5208 feet.
51 51c Men standing next to large logs on railway cars, Seattle waterfront
Same image as item 17a
51 51d   Moonlight on the Puget Sound undated
52 52  Snoqualmie Falls, Washington undated
53 53  Ruins west from Front Street after the Seattle Fire [Boyd 38] 1889
54 54a  Lines at the Tacoma Relief Bureau tent on Territorial University grounds after the Seattle Fire 1889
54 54b  Bread line at Tacoma Relief Bureau following the Seattle fire 1889
54 54c  Packages of bread and supplies at Tacoma Relief Bureau after the Seattle fire 1889
55 55a   Second Avenue from Cherry Street after the Seattle fire [Boyd 25] 1889
55 55b   Puppy on a top hat undated
55 55c  View of Second and Cherry looking south up Yesler Way after the Seattle fire [Boyd 24] 1889
56 56  Panorama of Seattle from coal bunkers [Boyd 65] undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Great Fire, Seattle, Wash., 1889--Photographs
  • Hops--Harvesting--Washington (State)--Photographs
  • Indians of North America--Washington (State)--Photographs
  • Lumbering--Washington (State)--Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)--History--Photographs
  • Snoqualmie Falls (Wash. : Waterfall)--Photographs
  • Washington (State)--History hotographs
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Braas, George H (photographer)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Boyd & Braas Company (photographer)