|Title||Ezra Meeker, amateur pioneer historian, Seattle, 1928 |
|Caption||Born in Ohio in 1830, Ezra Meeker married and headed west with his wife and newborn son to seek a prosperous life. They settled in Puyallup and developed a successful business raising hops. Later in life Meeker developed an avid interest in commemorating the Oregon Trail route of the early pioneers. He traveled the route in his replica covered wagon, an automobile, and by train as well as flying over portions of it at age 93. Raising funds for memorials to be built along the route, he published many booklets, postcards and articles, and met with President Roosevelt.|
This photograph of Meeker next to his automobile replica covered wagon was taken in 1928 when he attempted to follow the trail for the last time. He became ill and finished his journey by train to Seattle where he died at age 98.
|Notes||Handwritten on image: [...] Meeker.|
Lettering on wagon reads: Over the old Oregon Trail.
Caption information sources: University of Washington Libraries Exhibits website; Wasco County History website.
Date photograph was filed at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (date of photograph and file date may differ by a month or more): November 17, 1928.
|Subjects||Pioneers--Washington (State)--Seattle; Historians--Washington (State)--Seattle; Aged persons--Washington (State)--Seattle; Automobiles--Washington (State)--Seattle |
|Personal Names||Meeker, Ezra, 1830-1928 |
|Places||United States--Washington (State)--Seattle |
|Digital Collection||Museum of History & Industry Photograph Collection |
|Image Number||1986.5G.1920 |
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|Credit Line||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle; All Rights Reserved |
|Repository||Museum of History & Industry, Seattle (MOHAI) |
|Repository Collection||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection |
|Physical Description||1 glass negative: b&w; 4 x 5 in. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from original negative as a 3000 pixel TIFF image in 8-bit grayscale, resized to 640 pixels in the longest dimension and compressed into JPEG format using Photoshop 6.0 and its JPEG quality measurement 3. |