Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter Meeting
Upcoming event: William Henry
Jackson: Artist and Mapmaker in his later years
William Henry Jackson (1843-1942), a
Civil War veteran, was renowned as a photographer in the Hayden
Geological Survey of 1871, which led to the creation of
Yellowstone National Park. He had a long and fruitful career as
a photographer of the American West. He participated in a number
of events throughout the USA to preserve the legacy of the
trails. Jackson’s iconic photographs have been reproduced in
numerous books and magazines over the years.
From 1929 until his death in 1942,
Jackson was Research Secretary of the Oregon Trail Memorial
Association (OTMA), creating maps of pioneer trail routes and
paintings of historic western scenes. He also actively
participated in OTMA’s events throughout the West. OTMA was
founded earlier in the 1920s by Ezra Meeker. After Meeker’s
death in 1928 Howard R. Driggs succeeded him as President.
Jackson, Meeker and Driggs were three of the first inductees
into OCTA’s Emigrant Trails Hall of Fame:
This presentation will focus on Jackson’s work in his later years and its relationship to Meeker and Driggs.