George L. Beam photograph of Royal Gorge Bridge

George L. Beam photograph of Royal Gorge Bridge

Dates: 1929 December 8 or 9

Photograph taken by Beam of the dedication and opening of the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado, December 8-9, 1929.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Beam, George L. (George Lytle), 1868-1935
  • Call Number: MSS 7954
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Photograph Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research. Kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.
Languages and Scripts
English
Alternative Format
Scanned copy from negative (GB-5949). Denver Public Library, Denver, Colo.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the George L. Bean photograph of Royal Gorge Bridge must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 7954; George L. Bean photograph of Royal Gorge Bridge; Photograph Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7954, LTPSC.
Custodial History
This item was included in the James L. Ozment Collection of George Edward Anderson photographs when Doug Ozment sold it to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; Doug Ozment; 2011.
Subject Terms
Royal Gorge Bridge (Colorado)--Photographs; Bridges--Colorado--Photographs; Images; Material Types
Genre / Form
Photographs
Processing Information
Processed; Lionel Thomas, student photograph processor; 2011.
Appraisal Information
Photographs (Photograph Archives).
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_MSS7954
Finding Aid Title
Beam (George L.) photograph of Royal Gorge Bridge
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Lionel Thomas
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-01-26T04:25-0700
Finding Aid Language
English
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

George L. Beam (1868-1935) was an American photographer for the Denver & Rio Grande railroad company.

George L. Beam was born May 18, 1868 in New Paris, Ohio. At the age of five him and his family moved to Lawrence, Kansas where he grew up and saw the deaths of his mother and two siblings. When he was twenty-one years old he established himself as a used foreign and domestic postage stamps dealer. He and his father moved to Denver, Colorado around 1890. In Denver Mr. Beam worked for the Chain Hardy & Co. as a stenographer, but soon there after he began working as a stenographer for the Chief Storekeeper and Purchasing Agent of the Denver & Rio Grande until 1893. In 1894 he became a secretary to Shadrach K. Hooper (the general passenger and ticket agent) for the Rio Grand. He was skilled with photography and was well established as the Rio Grande company photographer by 1905 when he photographed President Theodore Roosevelt in the Royal Gorge. He became a well respected photographer, taking photographs for the Denver & Rio Grande company along with other scenic views of the Western United States. At the age of 62 he married Fay L. Kuellmer in Colorado Springs on June 7, 1930. He died March 16, 1935 at the age of 66 in Denver and was buried in Lawrence, Kansas.



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