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George Stewart Photo Locations

George Stewart U.S. 40 Photographs - Colorado

In 1949 and again the following year, George R. Stewart made two cross-country treks on U.S. Route 40. All told, he spent almost four months on the road photographing and documenting the landscape and everyday life along the road. His purpose was to record what he saw as he passed. His record captured the grand and the mundane. The resulting book, U.S. 40, was published in 1953. Accompanying his 114 photographs were 92 interpretive essays written in an accessible and enlightening manner. It provides readers with an armchair view of a roadtrip across the continent.

For the past 40+ years I've been revisiting all of the scenes in the book and documenting changes that have occurred since the mid-twentieth century. (In 1983 Thomas and Geraldine Vale published an update titled U.S. 40 Today that showed 72 of the 114 scenes (63%). For the past few years I have been revisiting each scene and shooting a variety of media including:

  • High resolution digital images.
  • Medium format B&W negatives and color transparencies using a camera that is an exact clone to the one Stewart used.
  • 35mm B&W negatives and color transparencies.
  • 360-degree virtual reality images of each scene.

My goal is to have these images published in the first complete update to Stewart's original book. Here are links to many of my U.S. 40 photographs. If you are a publisher and are interested in my work, please contact me.

FirstviewGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph - Firstview (Firstview, CO)
"There's not much to see in this tiny Colorado town other than a few mail boxes and a handful of weather beaten houses. Supposedly the first place you ......"

Routes DivideGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 48 - Routes Divide (Limon, CO)

Hogback and Front RangeGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 49 - Hogback and Front Range (Golden, CO)
"There was an error in the initial printing of U.S. 40. Stewart took two shots from the hog back - one looking east and another looking west. He inte......"

Two SpeciesGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 50 - Two Species (Genessee, CO)

Idaho SpringsGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 51 - Idaho Springs (Idaho Springs, CO)
"I nearly killed myself getting this shot. The hillsided used to be bare of trees, however a reforestation project by the D.A.R. has created a green b......"

Berthoud Pass - Eastern SlopeGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 53 - Berthoud Pass - Eastern Slope (Empire, CO)
"I need to shoot this scene when the weather cooperates......."

Berthoud Pass - Western SlopeGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 55 - Berthoud Pass - Western Slope (Empire, CO)

Continental DivideGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 54 - Continental Divide (Empire, CO)
"I need to get a better shot. The weather was terrible the day I took this......."

Berthoud Pass - Eastern AscentGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 52 - Berthoud Pass - Eastern Ascent (Empire, CO)

Byers CanyonGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 56 - Byers Canyon (Hot Sulphur Springs, CO)
"I need to reshoot this scene as I failed to get the correct location......."

Troublesome CreekGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph - Troublesome Creek (Troublesome, CO)
"There's no sign marking Troublesome Creek......."

Meadow in MountainsGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 57 - Meadow in Mountains (Kremmling, CO)

The Rabbit EarsGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 58 - The Rabbit Ears (Steamboat Springs, CO)

Stream in SnowGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 59 - Stream in Snow (Steamboat Springs, CO)

Steamboat SpringsGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph - Steamboat Springs (Steamboat Springs, CO)
"A popular ski resort, the town gets its name from hot springs that once sounded like a steamboat engine......."

OatfieldGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 60 - Oatfield (Craig, CO)
"I had a blast at this location. The property owner was reaqlly excited about my project and we chatted for about an hour......."

Sheep HerderGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 61 - Sheep Herder (Craig, CO)

Skull CreekGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph - Skull Creek (Skull Creek, CO)
"Located in the western Colorado plateau, this is probably the most desolate of all the towns on Route 40......."

Rock WallGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 62 - Rock Wall (Rock Wall, CO)

State LineGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 63 - State Line (Dinosaur, CO)

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