C.F. Blacklidge – Crested Butte’s Earliest Working Photographer


The earliest known working photographer based out of Crested Butte was C.F. Blacklidge. His cabinet card in this exhibition depicts a mining claim in the Slate River Valley. Photographers in the 1880s found work documenting mining claims, advertising for railroads, and capturing views of the surrounding landscapes.

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