The Scenic California collection contains 14 mounted albumen prints taken circa 1885 by Carleton E. Watkins. Originally included
as items in Watkins' New Series Pacific Coast Views, the prints feature various areas throughout California. The collection
especially represents San Francisco and vicinity, picturing such points of interest as the Palace Hotel, City Hall, the Cliff
House and Seal Rocks, the North Beach area as seen from Telegraph Hill, Alcatraz Island and the surrounding San Francisco
Bay, Marin County, and the Golden Gate. Also pictured are scenes of a picnic outing in the redwood groves of the Russian River,
a view of Santa Cruz, a beach scene at Camp Capitola, and a view of the Yosemite Falls.
Carleton E. Watkins was born in Oneonta, Oswego county, New York, on November 11, 1829. He was the youngest of five children
of a Scottish innkeeper. During his youth he became acquainted with Collis P. Huntington, who frequented his father's hotel.
Soon after the discovery of gold, both young men went to California, where Huntington later became one of the Big Four who
built the Central Pacific Railroad.
14 photographic albumen prints, 18 x 22 cm.; mounted, 23 x 36 cm.
14 digital objects
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish photographs must be submitted
in writing to the Curator of Pictorial Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library
as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must
also be obtained by the reader.
Restricted originals. Use viewing prints only: shelved as BANC PIC 1965.008--PIC. Use of originals only by permission of the
Curator of Pictorial Collections, The Bancroft Library.