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George Stewart Photo Locations

George Stewart U.S. 40 Photographs - Utah

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.

Roosevelt, UtahGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 64 - Roosevelt, Utah (Roosevelt, UT)
"Like Stewart's photo, mine was shot on a quiet Sunday morning......."

Plateau CountryGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 65 - Plateau Country (Duchesne, UT)
"Stewart's original vantage point is now about 30 feet underwater. This photo was taken approximately above that location. I enlisted the help of a b......"

Targets of OpportunityGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 66 - Targets of Opportunity (Duchesne, UT)
"Wild horses no longer wander this land......."

Beaver DamsGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 67 - Beaver Dams (Uintah and Ouray, UT)
"The former roadbed ran lower in this valley. The modern roadbed now sits about 100 feet to the north and about 20 feet higher in elevation......."

Valley in the WasatchGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 68 - Valley in the Wasatch (Heber City, UT)
"This location was easy to find. A back road enabled me to drive within 50 feet of the vantage point. I would like to reshoot this scene with better ......"

Great Salt Lake and SmelterGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 69 - Great Salt Lake and Smelter (Magna, UT)
"The Great Salt Lake has become so stagnant that no one in their right mind would want to swim there today. I have a home movie somewhere of our famil......"

Salt FlatGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 70 - Salt Flats (Wendover, UT)
"Shot from a huge rock outcropping east of Wendover......."

WendoverGeorge Stewart U.S. 40 Photograph No. 71 - Wendover (Wendover, UT)
"Shot from a huge rock outcropping east of Wendover......."

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