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George Stewart Photo Locations

George Stewart U.S. 40 Photographs - Kansas

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.

Nine Mile CreekGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph - Nine Mile Creek (Reno, KS)
"Contrary to what others have written, the Nine Mile Creek photo was shot in Reno, Kansas, and not at Nine Mile Creek in Colorado. Stewart's field note......"

HayfieldGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 40 - Hayfield (Lawrence, KS)

A Bit of the Old WestGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 41 - A Bit of the Old West (St. Mary's, KS)
"This was a very tough scene to locate. The book refers to the location as being west of St. Mary, Kansas. It was only after re-reading Stewart's fie......"

Kansas CornGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 42 - Kansas Corn (Belvue, KS)

Roadside ParkGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 43 - Roadside Park (Belvue, KS)

Vermillion RiverGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph - Vermillion River (Wamego, KS)

Plains BorderGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 44 - Plains Border (Brookville, KS)

Shaded StreetGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 45 - Shaded Street (Hays, KS)
"The trees that formerly lined the street came down some time between my 2005 visit and another in 2007......."

GrainfieldGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 46A - Grainfield (Grainfield, KS)
"I tried to get a more recent shot but the grain elevator folks would let me back up. I'll have to tray again......."

GrainfieldGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 46B - Grainfield (Grainfield, KS)

High PlainsGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 47A - High Plains (Page City, KS)

High PlainsGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 47B - High Plains (Page City, KS)

Smoky Hill RiverGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph - Smoky Hill River (Sharon Springs, KS)
"This river crossing is bound to bewilder most visitors. Here the roadway crosses a riverbed that is dry most of the year......."

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