In 1868, Union Pacific Railroad hired photographer Andrew J. Russell to document the construction of the transcontinental railroad from Omaha to Promontory Summit, Utah. The results of this partnership were published the following year in an album, The Great West Illustrated, recognized as one of the most important photographic commissions of the 19th century.
Bearing the same name, the Joslyn Art Museum's exhibit contains many of the rare album's prints joined by other Russell photographs from the Union Pacific Railroad Museum collection that have never been published or exhibited.
The exhibit is the result of a unique partnership between the Joslyn and Union Pacific to share with the public this remarkable account of the western landscape at the moment of its transformation by the greatest industrial accomplishment of the century. The exhibit runs from June 30-Sept. 16. The Joslyn is located at 2200 Dodge Street, Omaha, Neb. Admission is $8 adults; $6 senior citizens (62+) and college students with ID; $5 ages 5-17; free for children four and younger and Joslyn members. The general public is admitted free on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon.