George L. Beam photograph of Royal Gorge Bridge
Scope and Contents
Photograph taken by Beam of the dedication and opening of the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado, December 8-9, 1929.
- 1929 December 8 or 9
- Beam, George L. (George Lytle), 1868-1935 (Photographer, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Open for public research. Kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.
Conditions Governing Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the George L. Bean photograph of Royal Gorge Bridge must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
George L. Beam (1868-1935) was an American photographer for the Denver & Rio Grande railroad company.
George L. Beam was born May 18, 1868 in New Paris, Ohio. At the age of five him and his family moved to Lawrence, Kansas where he grew up and saw the deaths of his mother and two siblings. When he was twenty-one years old he established himself as a used foreign and domestic postage stamps dealer. He and his father moved to Denver, Colorado around 1890. In Denver Mr. Beam worked for the Chain Hardy & Co. as a stenographer, but soon there after he began working as a stenographer for the Chief Storekeeper and Purchasing Agent of the Denver & Rio Grande until 1893. In 1894 he became a secretary to Shadrach K. Hooper (the general passenger and ticket agent) for the Rio Grand. He was skilled with photography and was well established as the Rio Grande company photographer by 1905 when he photographed President Theodore Roosevelt in the Royal Gorge. He became a well respected photographer, taking photographs for the Denver & Rio Grande company along with other scenic views of the Western United States. At the age of 62 he married Fay L. Kuellmer in Colorado Springs on June 7, 1930. He died March 16, 1935 at the age of 66 in Denver and was buried in Lawrence, Kansas.
1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)
This item was included in the James L. Ozment Collection of George Edward Anderson photographs when Doug Ozment sold it to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased; Doug Ozment; 2011.
Photographs (Photograph Archives).
Existence and Location of Copies
Scanned copy from negative (GB-5949). Denver Public Library, Denver, Colo.
Processed; Lionel Thomas, student photograph processor; 2011.
- Register of the George L. Beam photograph of Royal Gorge Bridge
- Lionel Thomas
- September 19 2011
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.