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Utah Construction Company/Bowman photograph collection, 1890-1945

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Bowman, Anthony Will, 1938-
Title
Utah Construction Company/Bowman photograph collection
Dates
1890-1945 (inclusive)
1913-1930 (bulk)
Quantity
2 boxes, (2 linear ft. )
Collection Number
USU_P0328
Summary
Utah Construction Company/Bowman photograph collection consists of 422 photographs, most of which were removed from Bowman family scrapbooks. Part of the images document daily ranch life including herding cattle and sheep, harvesting hay, working on machinery, and recreational activities on the San Jacinto and other company owned ranches in northern Nevada and southern Idaho. Also included are scenes of ranch buildings, irrigation, and water works such as the Salmon Creek Falls Dam and the Milner diversion dam. The second part of the collection consists of photos from around Susanville, California taken by P.J. Thompson during the construction of the Fernley-Lassen branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1913 and 1914.
Repository
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
84322-3000
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
scweb@usu.edu
Access Restrictions
Restrictions

Open to public research.

Languages
English.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

>Utah Construction Company.

Edmund O., William H., and Warren L. Wattis founded the Utah Construction Company in January 1900, in Ogden, Utah. Early investors such as David Eccles, Thomas D. Dee, and James Pingree helped it to become a major national (and later international) company. Much of its early work consisted of building the South Pacific Railroad but the company also branched out into ranching and dam building. In addition to being one of five companies that built Hoover Dam in the 1930s they also worked on the Grand Coulee, Pineview, Hetch Hetchy, and Wanship Dams. During WWII the Utah Construction Company completed many World War II defense contracts. After the war it became involved with mining (coal and iron), dredging, and land development. Changing their name to the Utah Construction and Mining Company, and then to Utah International, Inc., headquarters were relocated to San Francisco, California. Much of the mining was conducted in Peru and Australia, and in 1976 a friendly take over by General Electric led to another sale to Broken Hill Proprietary (an Australian company) in 1983.

Company Owned Ranches.

In 1868 a Texas cattleman named John Sparks brought a herd of Texas Longhorns into Northeast Nevada. By partnering with neighboring ranchers and buying out others, Sparks managed to create a huge, successful operation. In 1908 the ranch owned three major brands: the Shoesole, Winecup, and HD. Sparks sold the ranch (which ran east to the Minidoka Forest Reserve, west to Bruneau, Idaho, north to the Snake River, and south to the Great American Desert, Nevada) to the Vineyard Land and Stock Company. The Utah Construction Company then purchased the ranch and increased the holdings to 3 million acres. The acreage was divided into 38 ranches and occupied most of the Northeast corner of Nevada as well as parts of Utah and Idaho. The ranch was headquartered in Montello, Nevada and would be managed by Archie (A.W.) Bowman. Bowman lived at San Jacinto located thirty miles south of Rogerson, Idaho. In 1945 the Company's ranch holdings were sold to Wilkins and Wunderlich of Denver, Colorado, and eventually divided into smaller lots for resale.

Archibald Warren Bowman (1884-1967) was born on October 8th in South Weber, Utah. In 1919 he met Nora Linjer (born August 28, 1893 in Alexandria, Minnesota), a schoolteacher friend of his sister Verna. The two married on February 20, 1920 in River Falls, Wisconsin while he was the Superintendent of the San Jacinto Ranch. They would have one daughter, Verna Lou. After the ranch was sold in 1945 they moved to Elko, Nevada. Archie died in January 1967 in Salt Lake City and Nora passed away in March 1973.

  • Bowman, N. J., (1958) Only the Mountains Remain.
  • The University of Utah, Media Solutions website at: http://www.media.utah.edu/UHE/u/UTAHCONSTRUCTION.html.
  • File MS678, Report on the Utah Construction Co. Ranch located in Nevada and Southern Idaho, Utah State University, Special Collections & Archives, Merrill Library.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Utah Construction Company/Bowman photograph collection consists of 422 photographs most of which were removed from Bowman family scrapbooks. Part of the images document daily ranch life including herding cattle and sheep, harvesting hay, working on machinery, and recreational activities on the San Jacinto and other company owned ranches in northern Nevada and southern Idaho. Also included are scenes of ranch buildings, irrigation, and water works such as the Salmon Creek Falls Dam and the Milner diversion dam. The second part of the collection consists of photos from around Susanville, California taken by P.J. Thompson during the construction of the Fernley-Lassen branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1913 and 1914.

Most photos in good condition, but some photographs have been torn.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Utah Construction Company/Bowman photograph collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Photograph Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Utah Construction Company/Bowman photograph collection, 1890-1945 (P0328). Utah State University. Special Collections & Archives Department.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Ranch Scenes, 1918-1939Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 1

Container(s) Description Dates
box
1
1:01:01: Branding sheep
1:01:02: Unknown man and woman on horses w/pack mules
1:01:03: Cow herd in snow
1:01:04: Cattle in corrals
1:01:05: View of ranch land
1:01:06: Sheep herders
1:01:07: Flood conditions, Ridge Ranch
March 18, 1939
1:01:08: Unknown man with horse
ca. 1930s
1:01:09: View of ranch buildings
1:01:10: Cattle
1:01:11-13: Cattle on range
1:01:14: Cow camp
1:01:15: Cattle on range
1:01:16-17: Horse
1:01:18-19: Ranch land
1:01:20: Cattle grazing
1:01:21: Mules
1:01:22: Cattle grazing
1:01:23: Rounding up cattle
1:01:24-25: Pack trip in the Humboldt Reserve
ca. 1929
1:01:26-28: Trees and mountains
1:01:29-30: Bulls
1:01:31-34: Cattle
1:01:35-36: Cattle run
1:01:37-38: Cattle
1:01:39: Three unidentified people on horseback
1:01:40: Horse and dog on top of Gollifer Mountain
1:01:41: Cow outfit bedded down
1:01:42: Catching horses in rope corral
1:01:43: Bill Evans on horse
1:01:44: Bill Trotter on horse
1:01:45: Men in camp
1:01:46: Rounding up horses
1:01:47: Cowboys
1:01:48: Cattle
1:01:49: Record Bluff near Montello, Nevada
1:01:50-51: Ranch buildings, probably San Jacinto
1:01:52: Cowboy cook
1:01:53: Large "dust devil" (twister)
1:01:54: Goose Creek Ford
1:01:55: Formation near Record Bluff
1:01:56: Henry Harris
ca. 1890s
1:01:57: Cattle
1:01:58: Man with horses
1:01:59-60: Horses
1:01:61: Man pointing

Photo Album PagesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 2

Container(s) Description Dates
box
1
1:02:01: Horses
1:02:02: Two horses
1:02:03: Potatoes
1:02:04-05: Houses
1:02:06: Unknown man
1:02:07: Cattle
1:02:08: View of ranch
1:02:09-12: Cowboys
1:02:13: Horse
1:02:14-19: Cowboys
1:02:20-21: Unidentified man
1:02:22: Cowboys
1:02:23: Horse on range
1:02:24-26: Cowboys
1:02:27: Horses
1:02:28: Cowboy
1:02:29-31: People, horses, and cars in snow
1:02:32-33: Cattle (sugar beet factory in distance)
1:02:34-35: Cowboys
1:02:36-38: Ranch land
1:02:39-42: Cowboys
1:02:43: Horses
1:02:44: Utah Construction Company building, Montello, Nevada
1:02:45: Cowboys
1:02:46: Horse
1:02:47-48: Cowboys
1:02:49-51: Ranch views, with buildings
1:02:52-55: Cowboys
1:02:56-57: Cows
1:02:58: Man with hogs
1:02:59: Man with horse
1:02:60: Calves
1:02:61-68: Cattle in Nevada
1918
1:02:69-70: Houses
1:02:71: Montello Nevada train depot
ca. 1918
1:02:72: Dirt Road
1:02:73-75: Horses
1:02:76-78: Unloading sheep from train
1:02:79: Man and woman with Coyote skins
ca. 1920s
1:02:80: Newspaper article about the ranch being sold
April 5, 1945

Photos Removed from ScrapbookReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 3

Container(s) Description Dates
box
1
1:03:01: 280 men shoveling 6 ft. of snow for Fernley-Lassen branch of South Pacific railroad, duplicate of 1:04:17
1913-1914
1:03:02: Flooded fields
May 15, 1917
1:03:03: Trailing cattle from Rancho Grande to San Jacinto
1:03:04: Cows
1:03:05: Sheep
1:03:06: Cattle
1:03:07: Unidentified man with axe
1:03:08: Unidentified woman
ca. 1918
1:03:09: Unidentified man with three unidentified women
ca. 1918
1:03:10: Unidentified man on roof
1:03:11: Unidentified man
1:03:12-13: Unidentified fisherman
1:03:14: Unidentified woman
ca. 1925
1:03:15: Family swimming in mountains
ca. 1920s
1:03:16: Three unidentified women, one unidentified man
ca. 1930s
1:03:17: Three women, two men
ca. 1926
1:03:18: Cyanotype of haying scene

Photos Removed from Boards. (Photos probably taken by P.J. Thompson)Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 4

Container(s) Description Dates
box
1
1:04:01: San Jacinto Cowboys: Dennie Lane, Gib Jones on "Red," Dave Richards, ___Galerrica, Eddie Frank, Bill Bailey, Willis Drake, Lonnie White
1918
1:04:02: San Jacinto cattle in fields
1920s
1:04:03: Steam shovel working on Fernley-Lassen branch of South Pacific Railroad near Susanville, California. depot
1:04:04: Railroad construction near Susanville, California
Feb. 1914
1:04:05: 20 mule train hauling freight
1913
1:04:06: 20 mule train hauling freight in Susanville, California for Fernley-Lassen Branch of South Pacific Railroad
see A-1401.
1:04:07: Steam shovel in operation near Susanville, CA. Working on Fernley-Lassen Branch of South Pacific Railroad
1:04:08: Steam engine
1:04:09: Fork in Fernley-Lassen Branch of Railroad
Feb. 1914
1:04:10: Work crew on Fernley-Lassen Branch of South Pacific railroad
1914
1:04:11: Railroad construction work train; Fernley-Lassen Branch
1914
1:04:12: Railroad construction on Fernley-Lassen Branch near the summit
1:04:13: Laying track near Susanville, California, for Fernley-Lassen Branch
Feb. 1914
1:04:14: Railroad construction, clearing snow for Fernley-Lassen branch of South Pacific
1:04:15: Shoveling snow for construction of Fernley-Lassen branch of South Pacific, near Susanville, California
1:04:16: Fernley-Lassen branch of South Pacific Railroad. Shoveling snow near Susanville, California
1914
1:04:17: 280 men shoveling 6 ft. of snow for Fernley-Lassen branch of South Pacific railroad
1913-1914
1:04:18: "Solitude," Trees in the snow
1:04:19: Steam shovel in operation near Susanville, California, for Fernley-Lassen branch of South Pacific
1:04:20: Susanville, California, construction on Fernley-Lassen branch of South Pacific Railroad
1913

Scrapbook of scenes of the San Jacinto RanchReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2

Container(s) Description Dates
box
2
2:01: Hereford cattle on the range
2:02: Chuck wagon and bed wagon
2:03: Hereford cattle at trough
2:04: Hereford cattle on the range
2:05: Cow camp
2:06: Tent
2:07: Three unidentified people eating
2:08-09: Two women and one man working on harvester(?) labeled "Red River Special."
2:10: Cow camp with wagon
2:11: Donkey, "Pinto Jack."
2:12: Cow camp with wagon
2:13: Sheep in corral with train in background
2:14: Cowboys herding cattle on the range
2:15: Cowboy with lasso and horses
2:16: Interior of Bowman ranch house
2:17-18: Hereford cattle on the range
2:19: Cowboy driving sheep
duplicate of 2:56.
2:20: Hereford cattle in corral
2:21: Cat with kittens
2:22-23: Hereford cattle
2:24: Two men and one woman standing by Hotel in Contact Nevada
ca. 1918
2:25: Bowman ranch house
2:26: Trailing cattle in snow
duplicate of 1:03:03 and A-1399b.
2:27-28: Hereford cattle
2:29: Loading Hereford cattle onto boxcars
2:30: Branding, Ray Wattis
duplicate of A-1399d.
2:31-34: Family camping trip
ca. 1918
2:35: Windmill
2:36-37: Family camping trip
ca. 1918
2:38: Man in car
ca. 1918
2:39: Car stuck in ditch
ca. 1918
2:40: Trough and corral
2:41: Roping a horse
2:42: Measuring water flow, San Jacinto, Nevada
1919
2:43: Salmon Dam, Idaho
ca. 1912
2:44: Dipping Cattle
2:45: View of canyon below Salmon Dam
2:46-47: Salmon Dam
ca. 1912
2:48: Sheep on range
2:49: Ranch land
2:50: Side of house with trees in winter
2:51: Cowboys sleeping
2:52: Mules feeding on hay
2:53: Pigs being fed by hand
2:54: Roping a colt
2:55: Cowboy on horse
2:56: Cowboy driving sheep
duplicate of 2:19.
2:57: Cowboy
2:58: Corral and troughs
2:59: Hereford cattle on the range
2:60: Two women on fence
2:61: Three women with dead sage grouse in Nevada
ca. 1918
2:62: Four men and three women in camp
ca. 1918
2:63: Wagon team crossing water
2:64: Cattle on the range
2:65: Camp
2:66: Cowboys on horses
2:67: Wild horse roundup
2:68: Cookhouse and dining room
2:69: Bowman ranch house
2:70: Horses in corral
2:71: Hereford cattle in snow
2:72-74: Hereford cattle on range
2:75: Malad river Canyon, Hagerman, Idaho
2:76: Paynie Ferry
2:77: Milner Diversion Dam, Idaho
2:78: Thousand Springs, Idaho
2:79: View of Milner(?) Dam
2:80: Man by Milner(?) Canal
2:81: Hereford cattle in corral
2:82-83: Views of Milner Diversion Dam
2:84: Hereford cattle on the range
2:85: Coyote pelts
2:86: Cattle in snow
2:87: Hops covered bunk house with three unidentified people outside
2:88: Three cowboys and wagon
2:89: Mountian view
2:90: cowboys and cattle on range
2:91: Cowboy roping calf
2:92: Cowboy in corral
2:93-96: Cattle on the range
2:97: View of small ranch
2:98-100: Cowboys pushing cattle
2:101: Cowboys and horses
2:102-104: Cattle on the range
2:105: Interior of Bowman's San Jacinto ranch house
2:106: Longhorn cattle in corral
2:107: Interior of Bowman's San Jacinto ranch house
2:108: Cattle drive to loading pens, Tecoma, Nevada
1920
2:109: Flooding
2:110: Dipping cattle
1920
2:111: Interior of Bowman ranch house
2:112: Men and women in mountains with horses and pack-mules
2:113: Two men sitting on car
2:114: Girl with two dead grouse
ca. 1919
2:115: Two men with string of trout
2:116: Young boy with baby pig
2:117: Changing horse shoes
2:118: Bunk house
2:119-120: Ranch houses
2:121: Turkeys in pen
2:122: Three women
ca. 1919
2:123: Two cowgirls
2:124: Unidentified woman
ca. 1919
2:125: Cattle on range
2:126: Cowgirl
2:127: Picnic lunch
ca. 1920
2:128: Old man next to young boy on horse
2:129: Young boy on horse
2:130: Unidentified woman
2:131: Cowgirl
2:132: Young cowboy
2:133: Group of people on horseback
2:134: Girl on horse
2:135: Two unknown women and one unknown man
2:136: Man and horse
2:137: Two unknown women and one unknown man
2:138: Two colts
2:139: Two colts and mother
2:140: Angus cow
2:141: Coyote
2:142: Horse
2:143: Young girl with dogs
2:144: Man and woman
2:145: Cowboy relaxing
2:146: Cowboys in corral
2:147: Chicken and turkeys
2:148: Sheep in corral
2:149-152: Cowboys loading cattle onto train
2:153: Mock hold up
2:154: Cowboy fun, spanking
2:155: Three cowboys
2:156: Calf in loading pen
2:157: Man and women with dog and cat
2:158: Dogs with dead wolf
2:159: Outhouse
2:160: Chickens next to house
2:161: Sheep on the range
2:162: Longhorn cattle in corral
2:163: Man with gun and dead deer, "My 1918 Buck W.A.K."
2:164: Man sitting on chuckwagon
2:165: Wagon and horses
2:166: Camp scene

Historic Photo-Board Collection. San Jacinto RanchReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
box
A-1389a-b: Butchering beef for winter
ca. 1920
A-1389c: Shearing sheep
ca. 1920
A-1390a: Verna Lou Bowman on tire swing
A-1390b: Dennie Lane and Eddie Frank in a car
1918
A-1390c: Loading ice onto truck
1918
A-1390d: Car stuck in mud
1918
A-1391a: Man with horse
1918
A-1391b: Man holding dead bobcat
1918
A-1391c: Coyote pelts
1918
A-1391d: Horses in corral
1918
A-1392a: Trail Camp on cattle drive through Nevada
1918
A-1392b: Bed wagon on cattle drive through Nevada
1918
A-1392c: Cowboys shooting craps on cattle drive through Nevada
1918
A-1393. : Branding Irons of the Utah construction Company San Jacinto Ranch, Wine cup and Shoe sole ranches, 1914-1946
A-1396a-d: Interior of Bowman's San Jacinto ranch house
1920s
A-1397a: Wild horses in corrals
1920s
A-1397b: Loading pins at Tecoma, Nevada
1920s
A-1397c: Cattle drive to Tecoma, Nevada
1920s
A-1397d: Goshute Indians in camp
1920s
A-1398a: Montello, Nevada, Utah Construction Company Ranch headquarters
1921
A-1398b: Buggy at post office, San Jacinto, Nevada
1917
A-1398c: Post office at San Jacinto, Nevada
1917
A-1398d: Old freight stop (stone building), San Jacinto, Nevada
1920s
A-1399a: Roping cattle
1920s
A-1399b: Trailing herd through deep snow
1920s
A-1399c: Cattle dips
1920s
A-1399d: Branding, man without hat is Ray Wattis
1920s
A-1400a: Cowboy breaking a horse at San Jacinto
1918
A-1400b: Ray Wattis (foreground) watching cowboy break a horse
1918
A-1400c: Paul Jones bucked off while breaking a horse
A-1680a: A.W. Bowman in field
1918
A-1680b: Bunk house
1918
A-1680c: Cook house with bells
1918
A-1681a: Shoeing horses in corral
1918
A-1681b: Loading ice in ice house
1918
A-1681c: Ranch buildings and equipment
1918
A-1684a: Man in mountains
1920s
A-1684b: "The U C Land & Cattle Co. 12 Mile Ranch,"
1920s
A-1684c: Ranch building
1920s
A-1688a: View of mountains
1918
A-1688b: Cars in snow
1918
A-1688c: Chuckwagon and cook
1918
A-1689a: Remuda
1915
A-1689b: Mules
1915
A-1689c: Cowboy on horse
1915
A-1690a: Drilling(?) equipment
1920s
A-1690b-c: A.W. Bowman's car in mountains
1920s
A-1690d: Cowboys eating with Chuckwagon
1920s
A-1694a-b: Coyote hides
1920s
A-1694c: Cattle in loading corrals at Tecoma, Nevada, school in background
1920s
A-1695a: Branding
1918
A-1695b: Goshute Indians in Canyon
1918
A-1695c: Trail camp
1918
A-1695d: Cowboy with lariat
1918
A-1697a-b: San Jacinto ranch buildings
1918
A-1697c: Reinforced banks of river-bed (Probably Salmon Falls Creek Nevada)
1918
A-1698a: Cowboys
1918
A-1698b-c: Mules, "Pinto Jack,"
1918
A-1699a: Three Cowboys with lariats
1918
A-1699b: Unidentified northeast Nevada ranch
1918
A-1699c: San Jacinto Ranch buildings, Nevada
1918
A-1712a: Man with two-wheeled wagon
1920s
A-1712b: Wild horses in corral
1920s
A-1712c: Men feeding hogs
1920s
A-1712d: Butchering hogs
1920s

Utah Contruction CompanyReturn to Top

Description Dates
A-1403: The Holts Caterpillar; Susanville, California, photo by P.I. Thompson
1913
A-1420: Southern Pacific Railroad near Susanville, California, Fernley-Lassen Branch, photo by P.L. Thompson
1913-1914
A-1601: Susanville, California, scenic view, photo by P.L. Thompson
1913
A-1606: Hauling a Steam Boiler(?)
ca. 1913
A-1623: Mt. Lassen in Eruption, photo by P.J. Thompson
Aug. 22, 1914