Burnham family photographs

Eight mountaineers with gear pose on the way to Mt. Hood Group of mountaineers at Crater Rock on Mt. Hood Miss Frantz's homestead cabin in southern Oregon View of Miss Frantz's homestead cabin in the snow View of fireplace inside log cabin in southern Oregon Oscar Olson's cabin with adjoining woodshed in southern Oregon Harry Henry and family on the front porch of their homestead cabin in southern Oregon Rail fence Two bicyclists pedal over suspension bridge over the Sandy River Group portrait at campsite with covered wagon Group portrait at Grove Group portrait by campsite and covered wagon Bed corner in Miss Frantz's homestead cabin in southern Oregon Kitchen of Miss Frantz's homestead cabin Ice cave on Mt. Hood Mountaineers on Mt. Hood Ella Burnham on porch and children on woodshed Harry Henry's and Allison Burnham's homesteads in Mountain, Oregon Howard and Myrtle Burnham at base of log dam at Brass Nail Creek Allison, Ella, Howard, and Myrtle Burnham in front of their cabin Kitchen and pantry corner of Burnham log cabin Bedroom corner of Burnham log cabin Wood stove in corner of Burnham cabin Burnham log cabin interior Ella Burnham sits in rocker while Howard and Myrtle play Post office/Burnham cabin Group at Grove "The feminine touch in homesteading, Miss LaFrance [sic] and bachelor guests"
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Burnham family photographs


  • 1908-1909 (Creation)


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Collection consists of approximately 109 black and white glass negatives, 11 black and white film negatives, and 34 black and white photographic prints that belonged to Howard J. Burnham. The prints are made from negatives in the collection. The photographs were taken circa 1908. The photographer is unknown but may have been related to the Burnham family. Primary subjects depicted in the collection include the Allison and Ella Burnham and their children, Howard and Myrtle, an expedition to climb Mount Hood, and mining and homesteading in the unincorporated community of Mountain in Josephine County, Oregon. The collection includes interior and exterior views of homestead cabins. This collection may be of interest to individuals researching photography, mining, and homesteading in Oregon.

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Biographical note: In 1908, Allison Burnham (approximately 1866-1939) became the first postmaster in the unincorporated lumbering community of Mountain in Josephine County, Oregon. Mountain was located just southeast of Sexton Mountain and a few miles north of Grants Pass, at or near the location of the Lucky Queen Mine. The post office in Mountain was closed and consolidated to Threepines in 1913. Allison Burnham and his wife, Ella Whipple Burnham (1868-1927), had two children Howard J. Burnham (1901-1985) and Myrtle C. Burnham (1902-1992). By 1910, the Burnham family moved to Vancouver, Washington. Allison Burnham started Clark County Title and Abstract Company in Vancouver in the early twentieth century. His son, Howard J. Burnham, owned and operated the company from 1926 to 1968.

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  • Citation: Burnham family photographs, Org. Lot 6, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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"Howard J. Burnham." Oregonian. January 29, 1985; Lewis A. McArthur and Lewis L. McArthur. Oregon Geographic Names. 7th edition, Portland, Seattle: Oregon Historical Society Press, Distributed by University of Washington Press, 2003, p. 679.

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