W. E. Hook photographs of Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.
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Images of sites in Colorado include Cascade Canyon, Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods, Leadville, Manitou Springs, Mount of the Holy Cross, North Cheyenne Canyon, Pikes Peak, Royal Gorge, South Cheyenne Canyon, Ute Pass, and Williams Canyon. An exterior group portrait of Ute Indians in Colorado includes Chief Sapiah, also known as Buckskin Charlie. Images of New Mexico consist of an overview of Santa Fe and an exterior group portrait of Tewa Indians at the Tesuque Pueblo. The collection also includes a view of the Franklin School in El Paso, Texas.
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W. E. Hook (1833-1908)
In 1867, Hook returned to the United States without his family. Two years later he established a photography studio in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. In February 1875, two of his sons joined him in the United States: Theodore Hook (circa 1859-circa 1875) and William Edward Hook, Jr. (circa 1864-1907).
In 1877, Hook closed his photography studio in Wisconsin, and he and his surviving son, William, worked as traveling photographers from a home base in Missoula, Montana. Over the next four years, they travelled and captured images throughout Montana and Wyoming, including Yellowstone National Park, Alberta, Northwest Territory, and the Canadian Northwest Rockies. By 1881, Hook established a photography studio in Marquette, Michigan, from which he marketed his images of the American West.
In April 1885, Hook established a photography studio in Manitou Springs, Colorado. In September 1885, he filed a homestead claim on the nearby Ruxton Creek near Pikes Peak, which he named "Artist's Glen." Over the years, Hook specialized in marketing landscape views of Colorado to tourists.
In 1887, Hook traveled to England. He returned to Colorado with his wife and their daughters, Eleanor "Nellie" Hook (born circa 1858) and Alice M. Hook (born circa 1864, later Mrs. Edward M. De La Vergne); their son, William also rejoined the family. Over the years, the Hook family filed additional homestead claims around Ruxton Creek. They also operated a boarding house for tourists until 1890, when the construction and operations associated with the Manitou and Pike’s Peak Railway – a steep grade railway from Manitou Springs to the summit of Pikes Peak – prompted the family to relocate to Colorado Springs. Hook then operated a photography studio in Colorado Springs until his death from heart failure.
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- Buckskin Charlie, Ute chief -- Pictorial works
- Cascade Canyon (El Paso County, Colo.) -- Pictorial works
- Cheyenne Mountain (Colo.) -- Pictorial works
- Colorado -- Pictorial works
- Colorado Springs (Colo.) -- Pictorial works
- El Paso (Tex.) -- Pictorial works
- Franklin School (El Paso, Tex.) -- Pictorial works
- Garden of the Gods (Colorado Springs, Colo.) -- Pictorial works
- Holy Cross, Mount of the (Colo.) -- Pictorial works
- Hook, W. E. (William Edward), 1833-1908
- Indians of North America -- Pictorial works
- Leadville (Colo.) -- Pictorial works
- Manitou Springs (Colo.) -- Pictorial works
- New Mexico -- Pictorial works
- North Cheyenne Canyon (Colo.) -- Pictorial works
- Photographic prints
- Pikes Peak (Colo.) -- Pictorial works
- Royal Gorge (Colo.) -- Pictorial works
- Santa Fe (N.M.) -- Pictorial works
- South Cheyenne Canyon (Colo.) -- Pictorial works
- Tesuque Pueblo (N.M.) -- Pictorial works
- Tewa Indians -- Pictorial works
- Texas -- Pictorial works
- Ute Indians -- Pictorial works
- Ute Pass (Teller County, Colo.) -- Pictorial works
- Williams Canyon (El Paso County, Colo.) -- Pictorial works
- Guide to the W. E. Hook Photographs of Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas
- by Matthew Daniel Mason
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- Finding aid written in English.
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