Washington DC: U.S. Geographical and Geological Survey of the Rocky Mountains, . Stereoview. Albumen photograph [11 cm x 15.5 cm] on a yellow/green mount [11.5 cm x 17.5 cm] on a 'Stillwater Canon. U.S. Topographical and Geological Survey of the Colorado River, of the West. By J.W. Powell and A.H. Thompson' mount. Some minor discoiloring and rubbing to extremities. Number in ink on the reverse. This is 'Number 69' from the 'Indians of the Colorado Valley. Mo-a-pa-ri-ats. A Tribe of Indians Inhabiting the Valley of the Mo-a-pa, a Tributary of the Rio Virgen in Southern Nevada.' series. Pencil identification on the rear of the mount. Item #1827
Hillers image showing an old man seated.
Jack Hillers (1840-1882) was working as a teamster in Salt Lake City when he met John Wesley Powell, the following year (1871) he was hired by Powell as a boatman for his second expedition down the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon. He slowly replaced Clements Powell (John's cousin) as the assistant to the photographer (first E.O. Beaman then James Fennemore). Hillers worked hard and was likable and he picked up the art of photography quickly, soon he was the main photographer on Powell's trips and would go on to work for the B.A.E. for years.