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George Stewart Photo Locations

George Stewart U.S. 40 Photographs - Missouri

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.

The SaintsGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph - The Saints (St. Peters, MO)
"Stewart's photo contains a distance sign containing the names of three locations names after saints: St. Peters, St. Charles and St. Louis. That loca......"

Loutre RiverGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph - Loutre River (Mineola, MO)
"The old bridge and alignment over the Loutre River are long gone. This scene looking west on I-70 is as close as you can get to the original location......"

Auxvasse RiverGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph - Auxvasse Creek (Kingdom City, MO)
"Stewart definitely shot this sign on the old alignment of Route 40, just north of I-70. I want to go back and reshoot this scene on the old alignment......"

Kingdom CityGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph - Kingdom City (Kingdom City, MO)
"During the Civil War this region of Missouri considered itself an independent sovereign state. The name Kingdom City is a remnant of that time. Stew......"

Road MakingGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 35 - Road Making (Columbia, MO)

BoonvilleGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 36 - Boonville (Boonville, MO)

Sni-A-Bar CreekGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph - Sni-A-Bar Creek (Grain Valley, MO)
"The name of this creek is another French variation for a river or creek containing many sand bars......."

Blue SpringsGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 37 - Double Highway (Blue Springs, MO)
"This photo was hot by a tower crew from American Tower. A cell and communications tower now stands where the water tower once stood......."

Street SignGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 39 - Street Sign (Kansas City, MO)

Kansas CityGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 38 - Kansas City (Kansas City, MO)

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