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George Stewart Photo Locations

George Stewart U.S. 40 Photographs - Indiana

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.

In Full GloryGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 28 - In Full Glory (Richmond, IN)
"This was another dangerous shooting location. The vantage point is a railrtoad bridge east of Richmond. I've shot this multiple times, but the last ......"

Pershing/East GermantownGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph - Pershing/East Germantown (East Germantown, IN)
"Locating this vantage point was very easy as very little has changed in this scene. The homeowner at this location always acts a little perplexed whe......"

Farm on the National RoadGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 29 - Farm on the National Road (Clayton, IN)
"The location of the picturesque farm is now obscured by trees. None of the buildings in the original photo remains......."

Victorian EleganceGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 30 - Victorian Elegance (Harmony, IN)
"The old house shown in the original photograph is hidden by trees. Today, it operates as the McKinley House B&B......."

Roadside VendorGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 31 - Roadside Vendor (Brazil, IN)
"I wasn't able to pinpoint this location until I viewed the original negative through a loupe and was able to read the street sign in the background......."

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