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From 1903 to 1917, Walter J. Lubken (1881-1960) was an official photographer for the U.S. Reclamation Service (USRS). During these years, Lubken took thousands of photographs documenting the Reclamation Service's irrigation projects across the American West.

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Testing the subsurface-Drilling with diamond drills

"Testing the subsurface-Drilling with diamond drills"
By Walter J. Lubken, Boise Irrigation Project, Idaho and Oregon, August 1910

National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Bureau of Reclamation
(115-JC-384) [VENDOR # 30]

Gunnison tunnel opening

"Gunnison tunnel opening; the arch at Montrose"
By Walter J. Lubken, Uncompahgre Irrigation Project, Colorado, September 23, 1909

National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Bureau of Reclamation
(115-JAF-604) [VENDOR # 31]

United States Reclamation Service kitchen

"U[nited] S[tates] R[eclamation] S[ervice] kitchen, mess hall, Avalon Dam"
By Walter J. Lubken, Carlsbad Irrigation Project, New Mexico, October 29, 1906

National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Bureau of Reclamation
(115-JD-119) [VENDOR # 34]

Canal leading to Holtville power plant in Holtville, California

"Canal leading to Holtville power plant in Holtville, California" Imperial Valley Project, California. August 31, 1909
By Walter J. Lubken

National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Bureau of Reclamation
(115-JI-186) [VENDOR # 167]

Interurban cars running through Main Street of Caldwell

"Interurban cars running through Main Street of Caldwell"
By Walter J. Lubken, Caldwell, Idaho, Boise Irrigation Project, February 21, 1910

National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Bureau of Reclamation
(115-JC-305) [VENDOR # 16]

Dedication ceremonies of Roosevelt Dam, Col. Roosevelt speaking

"Dedication ceremonies of Roosevelt Dam, Col. Roosevelt speaking"
By Walter J. Lubken, Arizona, Salt River Irrigation Project, March 18, 1911

National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Bureau of Reclamation
(115-JAA-2267) [VENDOR # 32]
 
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Walter Lubken | Lewis Hine | George W. Ackerman
Dorothea Lange | Charles Fenno Jacobs
Danny Lyon | Ansel Adams

 

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