Granite, MT: Chas. Weitfle, (c.1891). Red decorative boards [12.5 cm x 15.25 cm] / [5" x 6"] with the title gilt stamped on the front cover. Accordion fold textblock [12.5 cm x 228.5 cm] / [5" x 90"] with 16 panels of captioned black and white views. Boards and accordion fold are both fine. Item #7263
Nice view book of the western Montana mining towns of Granite and Philipsburg. Near Anaconda, and not far from Butte, these towns thrived during the area's silver boom of the late 19th century. Granite is now a ghost town and the site of a state park [Granite Ghost Town State Park]. Views of miners, mining equipment, mines, churches, and buildings - all are identified.
Charles Weitfle (1836-1921) was a prolific photographer of the west. Originally based in the Colorado town of Central City, he relocated to Granite during the area's mining boom. He's primarily known for his stereoviews.