Guide to the Utah Construction Company/Bowman photograph collection,
1890-1945

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Bowman, Anthony Will, 1938-
Title: Utah Construction Company/Bowman photograph collection
Dates: 1890-1945 ( inclusive )
1913-1930 ( bulk )
Quantity: 2 boxes (2 linear ft. )
Collection Number: USU_P0328
Summary: Utah Construction Company/Bowman photograph collection consists of 422 photographs, most of which were removed from Bowman family scrapbooks. Part of the images document daily ranch life including herding cattle and sheep, harvesting hay, working on machinery, and recreational activities on the San Jacinto and other company owned ranches in northern Nevada and southern Idaho. Also included are scenes of ranch buildings, irrigation, and water works such as the Salmon Creek Falls Dam and the Milner diversion dam. The second part of the collection consists of photos from around Susanville, California taken by P.J. Thompson during the construction of the Fernley-Lassen branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1913 and 1914.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Photograph Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-2663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Historical Note

>Utah Construction Company.

Edmund O., William H., and Warren L. Wattis founded the Utah Construction Company in January 1900, in Ogden, Utah. Early investors such as David Eccles, Thomas D. Dee, and James Pingree helped it to become a major national (and later international) company. Much of its early work consisted of building the South Pacific Railroad but the company also branched out into ranching and dam building. In addition to being one of five companies that built Hoover Dam in the 1930s they also worked on the Grand Coulee, Pineview, Hetch Hetchy, and Wanship Dams. During WWII the Utah Construction Company completed many World War II defense contracts. After the war it became involved with mining (coal and iron), dredging, and land development. Changing their name to the Utah Construction and Mining Company, and then to Utah International, Inc., headquarters were relocated to San Francisco, California. Much of the mining was conducted in Peru and Australia, and in 1976 a friendly take over by General Electric led to another sale to Broken Hill Proprietary (an Australian company) in 1983.

Company Owned Ranches.

In 1868 a Texas cattleman named John Sparks brought a herd of Texas Longhorns into Northeast Nevada. By partnering with neighboring ranchers and buying out others, Sparks managed to create a huge, successful operation. In 1908 the ranch owned three major brands: the Shoesole, Winecup, and HD. Sparks sold the ranch (which ran east to the Minidoka Forest Reserve, west to Bruneau, Idaho, north to the Snake River, and south to the Great American Desert, Nevada) to the Vineyard Land and Stock Company. The Utah Construction Company then purchased the ranch and increased the holdings to 3 million acres. The acreage was divided into 38 ranches and occupied most of the Northeast corner of Nevada as well as parts of Utah and Idaho. The ranch was headquartered in Montello, Nevada and would be managed by Archie (A.W.) Bowman. Bowman lived at San Jacinto located thirty miles south of Rogerson, Idaho. In 1945 the Company's ranch holdings were sold to Wilkins and Wunderlich of Denver, Colorado, and eventually divided into smaller lots for resale.

Archibald Warren Bowman (1884-1967) was born on October 8th in South Weber, Utah. In 1919 he met Nora Linjer (born August 28, 1893 in Alexandria, Minnesota), a schoolteacher friend of his sister Verna. The two married on February 20, 1920 in River Falls, Wisconsin while he was the Superintendent of the San Jacinto Ranch. They would have one daughter, Verna Lou. After the ranch was sold in 1945 they moved to Elko, Nevada. Archie died in January 1967 in Salt Lake City and Nora passed away in March 1973.

  • Bowman, N. J., (1958) Only the Mountains Remain.
  • The University of Utah, Media Solutions website at: http://www.media.utah.edu/UHE/u/UTAHCONSTRUCTION.html.
  • File MS678, Report on the Utah Construction Co. Ranch located in Nevada and Southern Idaho, Utah State University, Special Collections & Archives, Merrill Library.

Content Description

The Utah Construction Company/Bowman photograph collection consists of 422 photographs most of which were removed from Bowman family scrapbooks. Part of the images document daily ranch life including herding cattle and sheep, harvesting hay, working on machinery, and recreational activities on the San Jacinto and other company owned ranches in northern Nevada and southern Idaho. Also included are scenes of ranch buildings, irrigation, and water works such as the Salmon Creek Falls Dam and the Milner diversion dam. The second part of the collection consists of photos from around Susanville, California taken by P.J. Thompson during the construction of the Fernley-Lassen branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1913 and 1914.

Most photos in good condition, but some photographs have been torn.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Utah Construction Company/Bowman photograph collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Photograph Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Utah Construction Company/Bowman photograph collection, 1890-1945 (P0328). Utah State University. Special Collections & Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arrangement: Topical.

Acquisition Information :  

Donated by Nora Linjer Bowman and Anthony Will Bowman.

Processing Note :  

Before the photo albums came to Special Collections & Archives, old photographs were ripped out and replaced with new images leaving the torn remnants behind. Register completed by Jennifer Feik and Daniel Davis, December 2003.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Ranch Scenes, 1918-1939
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1:01:01: Branding sheep
1:01:02: Unknown man and woman on horses w/pack mules
1:01:03: Cow herd in snow
1:01:04: Cattle in corrals
1:01:05: View of ranch land
1:01:06: Sheep herders
1:01:07: Flood conditions, Ridge Ranch March 18, 1939
1:01:08: Unknown man with horse ca. 1930s
1:01:09: View of ranch buildings
1:01:10: Cattle
1:01:11-13: Cattle on range
1:01:14: Cow camp
1:01:15: Cattle on range
1:01:16-17: Horse
1:01:18-19: Ranch land
1:01:20: Cattle grazing
1:01:21: Mules
1:01:22: Cattle grazing
1:01:23: Rounding up cattle
1:01:24-25: Pack trip in the Humboldt Reserve ca. 1929
1:01:26-28: Trees and mountains
1:01:29-30: Bulls
1:01:31-34: Cattle
1:01:35-36: Cattle run
1:01:37-38: Cattle
1:01:39: Three unidentified people on horseback
1:01:40: Horse and dog on top of Gollifer Mountain
1:01:41: Cow outfit bedded down
1:01:42: Catching horses in rope corral
1:01:43: Bill Evans on horse
1:01:44: Bill Trotter on horse
1:01:45: Men in camp
1:01:46: Rounding up horses
1:01:47: Cowboys
1:01:48: Cattle
1:01:49: Record Bluff near Montello, Nevada
1:01:50-51: Ranch buildings, probably San Jacinto
1:01:52: Cowboy cook
1:01:53: Large "dust devil" (twister)
1:01:54: Goose Creek Ford
1:01:55: Formation near Record Bluff
1:01:56: Henry Harris ca. 1890s
1:01:57: Cattle
1:01:58: Man with horses
1:01:59-60: Horses
1:01:61: Man pointing

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Photo Album Pages
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1:02:01: Horses
1:02:02: Two horses
1:02:03: Potatoes
1:02:04-05: Houses
1:02:06: Unknown man
1:02:07: Cattle
1:02:08: View of ranch
1:02:09-12: Cowboys
1:02:13: Horse
1:02:14-19: Cowboys
1:02:20-21: Unidentified man
1:02:22: Cowboys
1:02:23: Horse on range
1:02:24-26: Cowboys
1:02:27: Horses
1:02:28: Cowboy
1:02:29-31: People, horses, and cars in snow
1:02:32-33: Cattle (sugar beet factory in distance)
1:02:34-35: Cowboys
1:02:36-38: Ranch land
1:02:39-42: Cowboys
1:02:43: Horses
1:02:44: Utah Construction Company building, Montello, Nevada
1:02:45: Cowboys
1:02:46: Horse
1:02:47-48: Cowboys
1:02:49-51: Ranch views, with buildings
1:02:52-55: Cowboys
1:02:56-57: Cows
1:02:58: Man with hogs
1:02:59: Man with horse
1:02:60: Calves
1:02:61-68: Cattle in Nevada 1918
1:02:69-70: Houses
1:02:71: Montello Nevada train depot ca. 1918
1:02:72: Dirt Road
1:02:73-75: Horses
1:02:76-78: Unloading sheep from train
1:02:79: Man and woman with Coyote skins ca. 1920s
1:02:80: Newspaper article about the ranch being sold April 5, 1945

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Photos Removed from Scrapbook
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1:03:01: 280 men shoveling 6 ft. of snow for Fernley-Lassen branch of South Pacific railroad, duplicate of 1:04:17 1913-1914
1:03:02: Flooded fields May 15, 1917
1:03:03: Trailing cattle from Rancho Grande to San Jacinto
1:03:04: Cows
1:03:05: Sheep
1:03:06: Cattle
1:03:07: Unidentified man with axe
1:03:08: Unidentified woman ca. 1918
1:03:09: Unidentified man with three unidentified women ca. 1918
1:03:10: Unidentified man on roof
1:03:11: Unidentified man
1:03:12-13: Unidentified fisherman
1:03:14: Unidentified woman ca. 1925
1:03:15: Family swimming in mountains ca. 1920s
1:03:16: Three unidentified women, one unidentified man ca. 1930s
1:03:17: Three women, two men ca. 1926
1:03:18: Cyanotype of haying scene

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Photos Removed from Boards. (Photos probably taken by P.J. Thompson)
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1:04:01: San Jacinto Cowboys: Dennie Lane, Gib Jones on "Red," Dave Richards, ___Galerrica, Eddie Frank, Bill Bailey, Willis Drake, Lonnie White 1918
1:04:02: San Jacinto cattle in fields 1920s
1:04:03: Steam shovel working on Fernley-Lassen branch of South Pacific Railroad near Susanville, California. depot
1:04:04: Railroad construction near Susanville, California Feb. 1914
1:04:05: 20 mule train hauling freight 1913
1:04:06: 20 mule train hauling freight in Susanville, California for Fernley-Lassen Branch of South Pacific Railroad
see A-1401.
1:04:07: Steam shovel in operation near Susanville, CA. Working on Fernley-Lassen Branch of South Pacific Railroad
1:04:08: Steam engine
1:04:09: Fork in Fernley-Lassen Branch of Railroad Feb. 1914
1:04:10: Work crew on Fernley-Lassen Branch of South Pacific railroad 1914
1:04:11: Railroad construction work train; Fernley-Lassen Branch 1914
1:04:12: Railroad construction on Fernley-Lassen Branch near the summit
1:04:13: Laying track near Susanville, California, for Fernley-Lassen Branch Feb. 1914
1:04:14: Railroad construction, clearing snow for Fernley-Lassen branch of South Pacific
1:04:15: Shoveling snow for construction of Fernley-Lassen branch of South Pacific, near Susanville, California
1:04:16: Fernley-Lassen branch of South Pacific Railroad. Shoveling snow near Susanville, California 1914
1:04:17: 280 men shoveling 6 ft. of snow for Fernley-Lassen branch of South Pacific railroad 1913-1914
1:04:18: "Solitude," Trees in the snow
1:04:19: Steam shovel in operation near Susanville, California, for Fernley-Lassen branch of South Pacific
1:04:20: Susanville, California, construction on Fernley-Lassen branch of South Pacific Railroad 1913

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Scrapbook of scenes of the San Jacinto Ranch
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2:01: Hereford cattle on the range
2:02: Chuck wagon and bed wagon
2:03: Hereford cattle at trough
2:04: Hereford cattle on the range
2:05: Cow camp
2:06: Tent
2:07: Three unidentified people eating
2:08-09: Two women and one man working on harvester(?) labeled "Red River Special."
2:10: Cow camp with wagon
2:11: Donkey, "Pinto Jack."
2:12: Cow camp with wagon
2:13: Sheep in corral with train in background
2:14: Cowboys herding cattle on the range
2:15: Cowboy with lasso and horses
2:16: Interior of Bowman ranch house
2:17-18: Hereford cattle on the range
2:19: Cowboy driving sheep
duplicate of 2:56.
2:20: Hereford cattle in corral
2:21: Cat with kittens
2:22-23: Hereford cattle
2:24: Two men and one woman standing by Hotel in Contact Nevada ca. 1918
2:25: Bowman ranch house
2:26: Trailing cattle in snow
duplicate of 1:03:03 and A-1399b.
2:27-28: Hereford cattle
2:29: Loading Hereford cattle onto boxcars
2:30: Branding, Ray Wattis
duplicate of A-1399d.
2:31-34: Family camping trip ca. 1918
2:35: Windmill
2:36-37: Family camping trip ca. 1918
2:38: Man in car ca. 1918
2:39: Car stuck in ditch ca. 1918
2:40: Trough and corral
2:41: Roping a horse
2:42: Measuring water flow, San Jacinto, Nevada 1919
2:43: Salmon Dam, Idaho ca. 1912
2:44: Dipping Cattle
2:45: View of canyon below Salmon Dam
2:46-47: Salmon Dam ca. 1912
2:48: Sheep on range
2:49: Ranch land
2:50: Side of house with trees in winter
2:51: Cowboys sleeping
2:52: Mules feeding on hay
2:53: Pigs being fed by hand
2:54: Roping a colt
2:55: Cowboy on horse
2:56: Cowboy driving sheep
duplicate of 2:19.
2:57: Cowboy
2:58: Corral and troughs
2:59: Hereford cattle on the range
2:60: Two women on fence
2:61: Three women with dead sage grouse in Nevada ca. 1918
2:62: Four men and three women in camp ca. 1918
2:63: Wagon team crossing water
2:64: Cattle on the range
2:65: Camp
2:66: Cowboys on horses
2:67: Wild horse roundup
2:68: Cookhouse and dining room
2:69: Bowman ranch house
2:70: Horses in corral
2:71: Hereford cattle in snow
2:72-74: Hereford cattle on range
2:75: Malad river Canyon, Hagerman, Idaho
2:76: Paynie Ferry
2:77: Milner Diversion Dam, Idaho
2:78: Thousand Springs, Idaho
2:79: View of Milner(?) Dam
2:80: Man by Milner(?) Canal
2:81: Hereford cattle in corral
2:82-83: Views of Milner Diversion Dam
2:84: Hereford cattle on the range
2:85: Coyote pelts
2:86: Cattle in snow
2:87: Hops covered bunk house with three unidentified people outside
2:88: Three cowboys and wagon
2:89: Mountian view
2:90: cowboys and cattle on range
2:91: Cowboy roping calf
2:92: Cowboy in corral
2:93-96: Cattle on the range
2:97: View of small ranch
2:98-100: Cowboys pushing cattle
2:101: Cowboys and horses
2:102-104: Cattle on the range
2:105: Interior of Bowman's San Jacinto ranch house
2:106: Longhorn cattle in corral
2:107: Interior of Bowman's San Jacinto ranch house
2:108: Cattle drive to loading pens, Tecoma, Nevada 1920
2:109: Flooding
2:110: Dipping cattle 1920
2:111: Interior of Bowman ranch house
2:112: Men and women in mountains with horses and pack-mules
2:113: Two men sitting on car
2:114: Girl with two dead grouse ca. 1919
2:115: Two men with string of trout
2:116: Young boy with baby pig
2:117: Changing horse shoes
2:118: Bunk house
2:119-120: Ranch houses
2:121: Turkeys in pen
2:122: Three women ca. 1919
2:123: Two cowgirls
2:124: Unidentified woman ca. 1919
2:125: Cattle on range
2:126: Cowgirl
2:127: Picnic lunch ca. 1920
2:128: Old man next to young boy on horse
2:129: Young boy on horse
2:130: Unidentified woman
2:131: Cowgirl
2:132: Young cowboy
2:133: Group of people on horseback
2:134: Girl on horse
2:135: Two unknown women and one unknown man
2:136: Man and horse
2:137: Two unknown women and one unknown man
2:138: Two colts
2:139: Two colts and mother
2:140: Angus cow
2:141: Coyote
2:142: Horse
2:143: Young girl with dogs
2:144: Man and woman
2:145: Cowboy relaxing
2:146: Cowboys in corral
2:147: Chicken and turkeys
2:148: Sheep in corral
2:149-152: Cowboys loading cattle onto train
2:153: Mock hold up
2:154: Cowboy fun, spanking
2:155: Three cowboys
2:156: Calf in loading pen
2:157: Man and women with dog and cat
2:158: Dogs with dead wolf
2:159: Outhouse
2:160: Chickens next to house
2:161: Sheep on the range
2:162: Longhorn cattle in corral
2:163: Man with gun and dead deer, "My 1918 Buck W.A.K."
2:164: Man sitting on chuckwagon
2:165: Wagon and horses
2:166: Camp scene

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Historic Photo-Board Collection. San Jacinto Ranch

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Container(s)
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A-1389a-b: Butchering beef for winter ca. 1920
A-1389c: Shearing sheep ca. 1920
A-1390a: Verna Lou Bowman on tire swing
A-1390b: Dennie Lane and Eddie Frank in a car 1918
A-1390c: Loading ice onto truck 1918
A-1390d: Car stuck in mud 1918
A-1391a: Man with horse 1918
A-1391b: Man holding dead bobcat 1918
A-1391c: Coyote pelts 1918
A-1391d: Horses in corral 1918
A-1392a: Trail Camp on cattle drive through Nevada 1918
A-1392b: Bed wagon on cattle drive through Nevada 1918
A-1392c: Cowboys shooting craps on cattle drive through Nevada 1918
A-1393. : Branding Irons of the Utah construction Company San Jacinto Ranch, Wine cup and Shoe sole ranches, 1914-1946
A-1396a-d: Interior of Bowman's San Jacinto ranch house 1920s
A-1397a: Wild horses in corrals 1920s
A-1397b: Loading pins at Tecoma, Nevada 1920s
A-1397c: Cattle drive to Tecoma, Nevada 1920s
A-1397d: Goshute Indians in camp 1920s
A-1398a: Montello, Nevada, Utah Construction Company Ranch headquarters 1921
A-1398b: Buggy at post office, San Jacinto, Nevada 1917
A-1398c: Post office at San Jacinto, Nevada 1917
A-1398d: Old freight stop (stone building), San Jacinto, Nevada 1920s
A-1399a: Roping cattle 1920s
A-1399b: Trailing herd through deep snow 1920s
A-1399c: Cattle dips 1920s
A-1399d: Branding, man without hat is Ray Wattis 1920s
A-1400a: Cowboy breaking a horse at San Jacinto 1918
A-1400b: Ray Wattis (foreground) watching cowboy break a horse 1918
A-1400c: Paul Jones bucked off while breaking a horse
A-1680a: A.W. Bowman in field 1918
A-1680b: Bunk house 1918
A-1680c: Cook house with bells 1918
A-1681a: Shoeing horses in corral 1918
A-1681b: Loading ice in ice house 1918
A-1681c: Ranch buildings and equipment 1918
A-1684a: Man in mountains 1920s
A-1684b: "The U C Land & Cattle Co. 12 Mile Ranch," 1920s
A-1684c: Ranch building 1920s
A-1688a: View of mountains 1918
A-1688b: Cars in snow 1918
A-1688c: Chuckwagon and cook 1918
A-1689a: Remuda 1915
A-1689b: Mules 1915
A-1689c: Cowboy on horse 1915
A-1690a: Drilling(?) equipment 1920s
A-1690b-c: A.W. Bowman's car in mountains 1920s
A-1690d: Cowboys eating with Chuckwagon 1920s
A-1694a-b: Coyote hides 1920s
A-1694c: Cattle in loading corrals at Tecoma, Nevada, school in background 1920s
A-1695a: Branding 1918
A-1695b: Goshute Indians in Canyon 1918
A-1695c: Trail camp 1918
A-1695d: Cowboy with lariat 1918
A-1697a-b: San Jacinto ranch buildings 1918
A-1697c: Reinforced banks of river-bed (Probably Salmon Falls Creek Nevada) 1918
A-1698a: Cowboys 1918
A-1698b-c: Mules, "Pinto Jack," 1918
A-1699a: Three Cowboys with lariats 1918
A-1699b: Unidentified northeast Nevada ranch 1918
A-1699c: San Jacinto Ranch buildings, Nevada 1918
A-1712a: Man with two-wheeled wagon 1920s
A-1712b: Wild horses in corral 1920s
A-1712c: Men feeding hogs 1920s
A-1712d: Butchering hogs 1920s

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Utah Contruction Company
Description
Dates
A-1403: The Holts Caterpillar; Susanville, California, photo by P.I. Thompson 1913
A-1420: Southern Pacific Railroad near Susanville, California, Fernley-Lassen Branch, photo by P.L. Thompson 1913-1914
A-1601: Susanville, California, scenic view, photo by P.L. Thompson 1913
A-1606: Hauling a Steam Boiler(?) ca. 1913
A-1623: Mt. Lassen in Eruption, photo by P.J. Thompson Aug. 22, 1914

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Bowman, Nora Linjer, 1893-1973.  ( contributor)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Utah Construction Company.  ( contributor)
    • Utah International Inc.  ( contributor)
    • Personal Names :
    • Bowman, Archibald Warren, 1884-1967.
    • Bowman, Nora Linjer, 1893-1973.
    • Corporate Names :
    • Utah International Inc.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Dams--Idaho--Design and construction--Photographs.
    • Railroads--California--Design and construction--Photographs.
    • Ranch life--Idaho--Photographs.
    • Ranch life--Nevada--Photographs.
    • Geographical Names :
    • Montello (Nevada)--Photographs.
    • Salmon Dam (Idaho)--Photographs.
    • San Jacinto (Nevada)--Photographs.
    • San Jacinto Ranch (Nevada)--Photographs.
    • Susanville (Calif.)--Photographs.
    • Tecoma (Nevada)--Photographs.

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