Phoenix, Arizona: (circa 1893). Cabinet card. Albumen photograph [16.5 cm x 11 cm] on the Hartwell mount [17.5 cm x 12.5 cm], imprinted on the front “Views in Salt River Valley and Throughout Arizona.” Pencil notation on the verso: “Court House” and “Goldwater”.
Francis “Frank” Hartwell (1852-1908) was born in Canada and moved to the Arizona Territory in 1881, after serving as a photographic assistant in California. This image was likely taken in 1893 when Hartwell received a contract to produce a series of photographs on behalf of the Arizona World’s Fair Commission for presentation at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
The town of Phoenix was settled in 1867 and by 1871 the townsite was selected to be the county seat. The city incorporated in 1881, but it was not until 1912 that Arizona was granted statehood. Item #74704