• Lassen Peak from Hat Creek

    Lassen Volcanic

    National Park California

A Guide to the B.F. Loomis Photograph Collection LAVO PH Coll 1

Creator/collector:

Loomis, Benjamin Franklin (B.F.)

Title:

B.F. Loomis Photograph Collection

Date Span:

1850s-1950s

Quantity/type:

52 glass-plate negatives

201 photographic prints, ambrotypes, and tintypes

Box numbers:

Prints: boxes 1-5

Negatives: boxes G1, G2

Ambrotypes: box G4

Preservation prints: boxes 38, 39

LAVO accession #

Collection is comprised of multiple accessions; see inventory and case file for accession numbers

LAVO catalog #

Many items have been cataloged individually; see inventory for catalog numbers

About the Collection:

The B.F. Loomis photographs of the Lassen Peak eruptions and aftermath are among the most famous images of Lassen Volcanic National Park (LAVO). These photographs are more widely used than any other LAVO photographs and copies of them are present in many collections throughout the archives. The B.F. Loomis Photograph Collection includes all of Loomis’ surviving glass plate negatives, as well as original prints and copy prints.

Biographical Note:

Benjamin Franklin (B.F.) Loomis was one of the first and most significant of Lassen Volcanic National Park’s benefactors. His donation of land around Manzanita Lake ensured the ongoing preservation of important natural features, and his legacy of photographs of Lassen Peak in eruption have enriched the public’s appreciation and understanding of the Lassen region.

B.F. Loomis was born on March 21st, 1857 in Mantega, Illinois, to Addison and Emily Loomis. As a small boy, Loomis traveled west with his parents and older brother, Orin Augustus, across the plains in a covered wagon. They settled in Tehama County, California. When B.F was nine, Emily Loomis died, and his father moved the family (now including sister Lucy Ella) to Red Bluff, CA.

In 1874, Loomis came to Manzanita Lake and built a small cabin. He made his living making and selling wood shakes in the summer, and working as a farm laborer in Battle Creek Bottoms during the winter. In 1886, Loomis attended the American Institute of Phrenology in New York City, and also took classes in anatomy, physiology, astronomy, and astrology. This was primarily for his own edification; he had no plans to become a practitioner or lecturer, though he studied and wrote on the topic for many years.

Following his studies, Loomis returned to California and to shake-making in the Manzanita Lake area. In 1888, he filed a homestead claim on Bailey Creek (present-day Viola), moved to his homestead in 1891, and built a general store in 1895.

In 1897, while serving on a jury in Redding, Loomis met fellow jurist Leander Vaness (L.V.) Loomis (1827-1909), an emigrant pioneer of Shasta County (and no relation to B.F. Loomis). The two men shared an interest in phrenology and astronomy, so Loomis spent the trial recess at the L.V. Loomis family home. Here, Loomis was introduced to L.V. Loomis’ daughter, Estella (1870-1953). B.F. and Estella Loomis were married on September 1, 1897. Their only child, Louisa Mae, was born June 16, 1899.

While Estella ran the Viola store and post office, Loomis transported freight to Viola and shakes to the Sacramento Valley. In 1910, Loomis bought the Vilas Mill and began a large-scale lumber business with the considerable timber lands that he had acquired. Loomis also owned and ran the Viola Hotel in Viola, CA, originally located in Shingletown but relocated by Loomis.

Loomis bought his first camera in 1898 from Estella’s brother Arthur, who was a commercial photographer in Redding. When Lassen Peak began to erupt in 1914, Loomis was among the first photographers to capture images of the event. His photographs and written accounts of the eruptions provide some of the best documentation of the 1914 and 1915 volcanic activity. Widely disseminated at the time in the press, Loomis later published many of his photographs in his book, Pictorial History of the Lassen Volcano.

Loomis was a strong and active advocate for the formation of Lassen Volcanic National Park, and worked hard to stimulate public interest in the natural wonders of the region. When Loomis’ daughter Louisa Mae died after a brief, unidentified illness at age 20, he built the Louisa Mae Loomis Memorial Museum at Manzanita Lake to house and showcase a substantial collection of photographs and artifacts for the public. Loomis deeded the museum, seismograph station, and surrounding 40 acres to Lassen Volcanic National Park in 1929.

When Loomis retired from business in Viola, he and Estella established a summer residence and art shop next to the museum at Manzanita Lake. B.F. Loomis died of cancer in 1935; Estella continued to live in the area until her death in 1953.

Scope and Content:

The B.F. Loomis Photograph Collection contains images of the Lassen Peak eruptions and aftermath, natural and man made features in the region, Loomis’ lumbering business, and the Loomis family. The collection contains most of the photographs that appear in Loomis’ book, Pictorial History of the Lassen Volcano.

This collection contains Loomis’ original glass plate negatives.

Note on Arrangement:

The collection is divided into four series:

Series 1: Lassen Peak eruptions and aftermath, and other regional images

Series 2: Loomis lumbering business

Series 3: Loomis family photographs

Series 4: Other photographs from Pictorial History of Lassen Volcano

Alternate Forms Available:

Digital prints made from scans of the glass plate negatives are available for reference.

Terms of Use and Access:

The collection is open to the public. Contact the park for information regarding reproduction or publication.

Glass plate negatives are not available for use. Reproduction requests may be filled using scans.

Acquisition Information:

The B.F. Loomis Photograph collection was donated to the park by B.F. and Estella Loomis in multiple gifts over the years. Accession information is in the collection case files.

Related Material:

The LAVO Administrative Records contain some B.F. Loomis papers.

Bibliography:

Loomis, B.F. Pictorial History of the Lassen Volcano. Loomis Museum Association, published in cooperation with the National Park Service, Mineral: 1926.

Processing Note:

Prints in the B.F. Loomis Photographs for which there are no negatives include original prints and copy prints; sometimes a modern copy print is the only extant object for an image.

Over the years, numerous copy prints of the Loomis images were made, most often from a copy negative that was in turn made from a copy print. As these secondary and tertiary copies were made, image quality fell and information within the image was lost. The copy prints were probably made by park staff for reference, exhibits, or to fill other reproduction requests, and are not original materials from the collection. All superfluous, inferior copy prints of Loomis images have now been removed from the LAVO photograph archives. Reproduction requests for Loomis images should be filled using images from PH Coll 1, the B.F. Loomis Photograph Collection.

The B.F. Loomis Photograph Collection also contains photographs not made by Loomis. These include original and copy negatives of Lassen Peak eruption photographs made by other photographers, and studio portraits of family.

In 2005, LAVO obtained funding to make preservation prints and maximum resolution scans of all of Loomis’ glass plate negatives. The project was completed in 2006.

INVENTORY

Series One: Lassen Peak eruptions and aftermath, and other regional images

Items 1-52 are glass plate negatives; prints are available for reference. Figure numbers have been added to descriptions for images that appear in Pictorial History of the Lassen Volcano (PHLV).

Item

Description

Date

Catalog #

1.1

Lassen Peak over Manzanita Lake erupting small plume of ash

PHLV: horizontal fronts-piece

circa 1914

2420

1.2

Lassen Peak over Manzanita Lake erupting small plume of ash

PHLV: vertical fronts-piece

circa 1914

2421

1.3

Steaming crater on Lassen Peak summit

PHLV: fig.2

June 4, 1914

2422

1.4

Lassen Peak eruption of steam and ash, seen from divide between Chaos Crags and Lassen Peak

PHLV: fig. 4

June 9, 1914

2423

1.5-1.10

Six successive views of Lassen Peak in eruption seen from Manzanita Chute

PHLV: figs. 5a-f

June 14, 1914

2424-2429

1.11

Steaming crater on Lassen Peak summit

PHLV: fig. 6

June 20, 1914

2430

1.12

Lassen Peak in eruption from Volta near Manton. Photograph by R.S. Ballou.

PHLV: fig.7

2431

1.13

Steaming crater on Lassen Peak summit

PHLV: fig. 12

October 12, 1914

2432

1.14

Lassen Peak lookout house showing damage from recent eruptions with man at right

PHLV: fig. 13b

October 12, 1914

2433

1.15

Man looking through telescope near almost completely demolished Lassen Peak lookout house

PHLV: fig. 13c

October 20, 1914

2434


Item

Description

Date

Catalog #

1.16

Huge cloud of steam and ash erupting from Lassen peak. Dubbed the “Vulcan Face” by Loomis, the cloud resembles the profile of a human face. Photograph by US Forest Ranger, developed and copyrighted by R.E. Stinson, later copyrighted by B.F. Loomis.

This is a cropped copy; see LAVO PH Coll M9 for copy of un-cropped image.

PHLV: fig. 14a

August 19, 1914

2435

1.17

Steaming crater on Lassen Peak summit

PHLV: fig.18

October 20, 1914

2436

1.18

Crater on Lassen Peak summit showing new lava formations created during the eruptions in May of 1915. Otto Albers standing in crater at bottom center shows the scale of the crater.

PHLV: fig. 19

May 1915

2437

1.19

Lassen Peak erupting steam, seen from Manzanita Chute

PHLV: fig. 20

May 22, 1915

2438

1.20

Lost Creek after being washed out from Lassen Peak mudflow. The creek edge is swept clean of trees and G.R. Milford is standing in washout at bottom right

PHLV: fig. 21

circa May, 1915

2439

1.21

Devastated Area showing track of Lassen Peak mud flow with Chaos Crags in background and several men sitting by tree at right. The tree shows damage from mudflow

PHLV: fig. 23

circa May, 1915

2440

1.22

Group of people standing in front of large boulder washed down from Lassen Peak crater by mud flow

PHLV: 24

circa May, 1915

2441

1.23

Three men standing around log and rock jam caused by blown down trees and boulders lodged against trees by mudflow

PHLV: fig. 25a

circa May, 1915

2442

1.24

Terminal moraine on Lost Creek washed out by mudflow. Geologist J.S. Diller (see LAVO PH Coll 14) is kneeling in washout at center and Lassen Peak is in background

PHLV: fig. 26

circa May, 1915

2443

1.25

Devastated Area at Lost Camp showing mud and blown-down trees

PHLV: fig. 28

circa May, 1915

2444

1.26

Lassen Peak in eruption from Anderson, CA, by Mr. Meyers. Known as the “Umbrella Cloud” picture, this image is probably a composite photograph, where the ash cloud was cut out of a different picture and pasted onto an image of Lassen Peak taken from Anderson. The effect shows a dramatic yet probably false view of the eruption from Anderson. Loomis’ glass plate negative of this image is a copy negative.

PHLV: fig. 32

May 22, 1915

2445

1.27

Lassen Peak showing new lava flow on summit and large mudflows on slopes

May 24, 1915

2446

1.28

Devastated area near Hat Lake showing mud and fallen trees

PHLV: fig. 40

circa May, 1915

2447

1.29

Mud flow and trees blown down by volcanic hot blast against Raker Peak

PHLV: fig. 41

circa May, 1915

2448

1.30

Devastated Area at the base of Lassen Peak showing “craterlets,” where steam from hot rocks buried in the mud created small craters

PHLV: fig. 42

May 1915

2449

1.31

Lassen Peak steaming after an eruption, seen from Manzanita Chute

PHLV: fig. 43

July, 1915

2450

1.32

Two men standing near lava flow on west slope of Lassen Peak Summit

PHLV: fig. 48

1915

2451

1.33

Otto Albers standing against boulder in center of deep crevice in crater on Lassen Peak summit

PHLV: fig. 50a

1915

2452

1.34

Lassen Peak summit looking across the new crater to Mineral Point where lookout house was located

PHLV: fig. 51a

1915

2453

1.35

Lassen Peak over Manzanita Lake with a small jet of steam coming from summit

PHLV: fig. 51b

1915

2454

1.36

East side of Lassen Peak after the mud flows showing remaining snow banks and new lava on summit

PHLV: fig. 54

1915

2455

1.37

Lassen Peak eruption seen from Manzanita Chute with ash cloud blowing toward southwest

June 16, 1915

2456

1.38

Lassen Peak eruption seen from Manzanita Chute with ash cloud blowing toward northeast

1915

2457

1.39

Chaos Crags and Lassen Peak over Reflection Lake with small steam cloud erupting from Lassen Peak summit

circa 1915

2458

1.40

Lost Creek drainage area covered in mud, rocks, and debris from mudflow

1915

2459

1.41

Lassen Peak and Devastated Area after mudflow and hot blast

1915

2460

1.42

Group of men sitting on log jam at Lost Creek caused by mudflow

1915

2461

1.43

Two men standing near fumarole at Bumpass Hell

2462

1.44

South side of Raker Peak prior to mud flow and hot blast of May 1915

2463

1.45

Lassen Peak over Manzanita Lake

2464

1.46

Loomis seismograph station at Manzanita Lake

2465

1.47

View of Lassen Peak in eruption from downtown Red Bluff. Photograph by R.E. Stinson

PHLV: fig. 30a

May 22, 1915

2466

1.48-1.49

Two successive views of Lassen Peak in eruption from Manzanita Lake. Photographs by Chester Mullen

PHLV: fig. 44b, 44c

October 6, 1915

2467, 2468

1.50

Benjamin Franklin (B.F.) “Frank” Loomis

2469

1.51

Estella Loomis

2470

1.52

Louisa Mae Loomis

2471

1.53

Lassen Peak over Manzanita Lake

PHLV: fig. 1

circa 1900

1.54

West slope of Lassen Peak from head of Manzanita Creek, (possibly) Crescent Cliff in foreground

1.55

Lassen Peak summit showing new crater in foreground and lookout house on top of peak at left

PHLV: fig. 11

October 12, 1914

1.56a, b

Steaming crater on Lassen Peak summit

June 20, 1914

1.57

Close up of aa lava formation on Lassen Peak summit

PHLV: fig. 47

1.58

Pinnacles of lava on Lassen Peak summit formed during 1915 eruptions

PHLV: fig. 49

circa 1925

1.59

Lassen Peak over Jessen Meadow before mud flow

PHLV: fig. 38

August, 1910

1.60

Lassen Peak from Devastated Area (view from former Jessen Meadow)

PHLV: fig. 39

circa 1925

1.61

Lassen Peak from Devastated Area

circa 1925

1.62-1.63

Steam issuing from summit of Lassen Peak from head of Lost Creek following mudflow. “Hot Rock” (large boulder) in foreground. Photographs taken a few hours prior to second major eruption and hot blast. 1.63 shows back of man’s head in lower right

PHLV: fig. 53, 22

May 22, 1915

1.64

Lassen Peak from head of Lost Creek after mudflow and hot blast with trees on side of Crescent Crater blown away. “Hot Rock” (large boulder) in foreground

PHLV: fig. 35

May, 1915

1.65

Devastated Area showing blown-down trees with Hat Mountain in background

PHLV: fig. 37

1915

1.66

Terminal moraine on Lost Creek washed out by mudflow

1915

1.67

West end of Crescent Cliff showing path of mud flow. A car is parked among trees at lower left

PHLV: fig. 50b

1.68

Lassen Peak from Crescent Cliff showing area covered in mud from mudflow down west side of Lassen Peak

PHLV: 46

1.69

Chaos Crags, Lassen Peak, Eagle Peak, and Loomis Peak, from Manzanita Chute

circa 1920s

1.70

Man holding telescope, standing among rocks thrown from crater on Lassen Peak summit with the steaming crater in background. See also 1.15

October 20, 1914

2660

1.71

Lassen Peak and Chaos Crags over Manzanita Lake. Two men are in small rowboat on lake

2648

1.72

Lassen Peak, Eagle Peak, and Loomis Peak over Manzanita Lake. The lake is under five feet of snow

February 7, 1899

2566

1.73

Chaos Crags and Lassen Peak from frozen Manzanita Lake. The lake is under five feet of snow

1898

2565

1.74

Chaos Crags over Reflection Lake

2571

1.75

Chaos Crags and Lassen Peak over Reflection Lake

2573

1.76

View northwest from foot of Lassen Peak showing path of mudflow. Chaos Crags is at right, Manzanita Lake to north

2568

1.77

Chaos Crags from divide between Lassen Peak and Chaos Crags

2570

1.78

Vulcan’s Castle

2576

1.79

Lassen Peak over Soda Lake

2569

1.80

Vulcan’s Castle and Eagle Peak over Soda Lake

2567

1.81

Brokeoff Mountain over meadow and stream

2646

1.82

Steep rock cliff on Brokeoff Mountain over small lake

2575

1.83

Cinder Cone

1914

2572

1.84

Cinder Cone

2574

1.85

Lassen Peak and surrounding range seen from Redding, CA, courthouse

2561

1.86

Lassen Peak and surrounding range from Redding, CA. View framed by Palm trees

2562

1.87

Interior of Subway Cave

2662

1.88

Louisa Mae Loomis (second from left) and three friends standing in front of entrance to Subway Cave

circa 1919

2661

1.89

Chaos Crags framed by trees. (Print hand-tinted by Estella Loomis)

1937

2540

The following two items are part of series one, though they are numbered out of sequence.

1.200

Peter Lassen’s adobe house on Deer Creek in Tehama County, built in 1844 and torn down in 1886 (box 5)

612

1.201

Portrait of Helen Tanner Brodt (box 5)

614

Series Two: Loomis lumbering business

Item

Description

Date

Catalog #

1.90

Small shake cabin in woods along Manzanita Creek built in 1894 by B.F. Loomis who lived in it for three summers while making wood shakes

1898

2478

1.91

B.F. Loomis (right) and Charles Rufus Clark making wood shakes in Shingletown area. The men are standing in front of tall stacks of completed shakes

1877

2654

1.92

Two loggers with crosscut saw standing on springboards in tree

2653

1.93

Two loggers with crosscut saw standing on springboards in Sugar Pine tree with large cross cut in trunk below. Felling axes and a hat on pile of chips at base of tree

2501

1.94

Loggers in woods standing around wagon loaded with large logs with harnessed team of horses at left, traction engine at right, and man doffing hat and woman on horseback in center

2497, 2659

1.95

Loomis mill lumberyard at Viola, CA

2502

1.96

Men in Loomis mill lumberyard at Viola, CA

2476

1.97

Loomis mill lumberyard at Viola, CA with men standing by two loaded trucks parked in front of tall stacks of lumber

1923

2477

1.98

Loomis mill lumberyard at Viola, CA showing large log pile, several structures, and slough

2650

1.99, 1.100

Loomis mill lumberyard at Viola, CA with group of men standing in front of tall log pile

2499, 2500

1.101

Trailers piled with large logs underneath log-and-pulley crane, and man standing beside traction engine hooked to trailers

2652

1.102

Best Engines in Loomis mill lumberyard pulling trailers loaded with logs

2655

1.103

Best Engines hauling trailers loaded with logs

2651

1.104

Men sitting on Holt Traction engine with trailers loaded with logs

2658

1.105

Men sitting on Holt Traction engine with trailers loaded with logs. Note indicates that load is 14,534 board feet

2496

1.106

Best Engine hauling seven trailers of lumber

2649

1.107

Holt Traction engine hauling six trailers of lumber

2656

1.108

Two Holt Traction engines hauling trailers of lumber

2657

1.109

Holt Traction engine hauling lumber to Cottonwood, CA from Viola

2498

Series Three: Loomis Family Photographs

Item

Description

Date

Catalog #

1.110

Estella and B.F. Loomis in carriage leaving home of L.V. Loomis after their wedding with L.V. Loomis standing at right

1897

2522

1.111

Estella Loomis holding two-month old daughter, Louisa Mae Loomis

1899

2472

1.112

Louisa Mae Loomis as young girl standing in tall grass

2624

1.113

Estella Loomis, five years old, sitting on stool and holding doll. Photograph by J.J. Bennett, Pioche, NV

2474

1.114

Louisa Mae Loomis as young girl. The portrait is inset onto image of forest

January 1, 1905

751

1.115

Louisa Mae Loomis as young girl standing outside in snow with dog “Rover,” harnessed to small two-wheeled cart

2473

1.116

Louisa Mae as young girl feeding kittens on back porch of Loomis house at Viola

2563

1.117

Louisa Mae Loomis

2625

1.118

Louisa Mae Loomis

2626

1.119

Estella Loomis wedding portrait. Photograph by A.W. Loomis, Redding

1897

2577

1.120

Estella Loomis

2627

1.121

Estella Loomis and girl sitting in front of Loomis art store at Manzanita Lake

1933

2628

1.122

B.F. Loomis. Photograph by Weston Studio, Red Bluff. Comment on verso indicates that the picture was sent to Estella Loomis by B.F. Loomis prior to their marriage

circa 1896

2526

1.123

B.F. Loomis. Print is glued to photograph album cover along with 1.124

2644

1.124

B.F., Estella, and Louisa Mae Loomis. Print is glued to photograph album cover along with 1.123

2644

1.125

Exterior of B.F. Loomis residence in Anderson

2510

1.126

Interior of B.F. Loomis residence in Viola

2527

1.127

Louisa Mae Loomis as young girl with toys beside Christmas tree in sitting room of Loomis home in Viola

2475

1.128

Loomis buildings under heavy snow in Viola, CA, with Estella and Louisa Mae Loomis on front porch of store

1906

2505

1.129

Loomis store and buildings under heavy snow

1906

2506

1.130

Interior of Loomis store in Viola

2504

1.131

Loomis store and residence at Manzanita Lake

2645

1.132

People and cars assembled out front of Viola Hotel, Viola, CA

2503

1.133

Man, possibly father or uncle of B.F. Loomis. Ambrotype in case with 1.134 (box G4)

circa 1850s

1.134

Woman, possibly Emily Doty Loomis, with Lucy and Orin Loomis. Ambrotype in case with 1.133 (box G4)

circa 1850s

1.135

Group of people standing behind fish hung on boards to dry. Estella and Louisa Mae Loomis at right

2647

1.136-1.137

Noble Pass dedication plaque (donated by B.F. and Estella Loomis)

611, 2564

Family Album 1

LAVO accession #258

LAVO catalog #2288

This album was a gift to Estella from B.F. Loomis. The cover has pastoral scene with inset of a man and a woman. The back and spine is red velvet, and the album closes with gold clasp. The album contains 32 cabinet cards and one small copy print of an ambrotype (1.134). Several photographs are duplicates of images in family series.

Page

Item

Description

Date

1

1.138

Louisa Mae Loomis as young girl

2a

1.139

Louisa Mae Loomis as young girl

2b

1.111

Estella Loomis holding two-month old Louisa Mae Loomis

1899

3a

1.122

B.F. Loomis

3b

1.119

Estella Loomis wedding portrait. Photograph by A.W. Loomis, Redding, CA

1897

4a

1.140

Louisa Mae Loomis as young girl

4b

1.141

Arthur Loomis, brother of Estella Loomis

5a

1.142

Louisa Mae Loomis as young girl

5b

1.143

Leander Vaness Loomis, father of Estella Loomis

6a

1.144

Orin Augustus Loomis, brother of B.F. Loomis

6b

1.145

Woman (possibly wife of Orin Loomis)

7a

1.146

Lucy Loomis Crooks, sister of B.F. Loomis, with daughter Ellie Crooks (Freymeyer)

7b

1.147

Addison Joab Loomis, father of B.F. Loomis, with other family members

8a

1.148

Baby girl, “Lizzie, born February 22, 1892”

1892

8b

1.149

Baby

9a

1.150

Two young girls

9b

1.151

Ellie Crooks (Freymeyer) as young girl

10a

1.152

Man (probably relative of B.F. Loomis)

10b

1.153

Orin Augustus Loomis

11a

1.154

Lucy Loomis Crooks, Ellie Crooks Freymeyer, and Estella Loomis

11b

1.155

Ellie and Mr. Freymeyer

12

1.156

Lucy Loomis Crooks with brothers Orin and B.F. Loomis

13a

1.134

Woman (possibly Emily Doty Loomis) with Lucy and Orin Loomis. Copy of ambrotype (1.134, in box G4)

13b

1.157

Louisa Mae Loomis as a young girl

14a

1.158

Woman (relative of B.F. Loomis)

14b

1.159

Celie Burger, relative of B.F. Loomis

15a

1.160

Richard J. Barrett, relative of B.F. Loomis

15b

1.161

George Burger, relative of B.f. Loomis

16a

1.162

Leander Vaness Loomis

16b

1.163

B.F. Loomis as a young man

17

1.164

B.F. Loomis

18a

1.165

Louisa Mae Loomis as young girl, with doll

January 1, 1903

18b

1.114

Louisa Mae Loomis as young girl

January 1, 1905

Family Album 2

LAVO accession #113

LAVO catalog #731

Due to deteriorating pages, the materials were removed from album 2. The empty maroon velvet album has been retained separately from its contents.

Item

Description

Date

1.166

Louisa Mae Loomis as a young girl, with doll on lap

1.114

Louisa Mae Loomis as young girl

January 1, 1905

1.119

Estella Loomis wedding portrait. Photograph by A.W. Loomis, Redding

1897

No number

Eight Souvenir photographs of Chester Arthur, Lillian Russell, U.S. Grant, Robert Ingersoll, Grover Cleveland, Peter Cooper, Henry Longfellow, and Henry George, and two decorative B.F. Loomis calling cards

Family Album 3

LAVO accession #258

LAVO catalog #2286

Due to deteriorating pages, the materials were removed from album 3. The empty maroon leather album has been retained separately from its contents.

Item

Description

Date

1.167

Addison Joab Loomis

1.168

Woman, possibly grandmother or aunt of B.F. Loomis

circa 1860

1.169

Lucy Loomis (Crooks) with brothers B.F. and Orin. Tintype

circa 1870s

1.170

Woman, “R.J. Loomis.” Tintype

1.171

Man. Mount is signed: “yours truly, Henry Bell.” Tintype

1.172

Orin Augustus Loomis

1.173

Estella Loomis as young woman

1.174

Ellie Crooks (Freymeyer) as young girl

1.175

George W. Rhone, Orristown, PA

1.176

Young man. Photograph by Nereus Baldwin Studio, Wichita, KS

1.177

Young man

1.178

Woman, possibly wife of Orin Loomis. Photograph by J.D. Reinhart Studio, Red Bluff, CA

1.179

Woman. Small print glued to album page with copy of 1.163

1.163

B.F. Loomis. Small print glued to album page with 1.179

No

number

Four souvenir photographs and trade cards, one decorative calling card from Mr. and Mrs. O.S. Loomis.

Series Four: Other Photographs from Pictorial History of Lassen Volcano

These are copy prints of images that Loomis used in his book, mostly by photographers other than Loomis. The park does not have the original prints or negatives for these photographs.

Item

Description

Date

1.180

Bottom of crater on Lassen Peak summit. Photograph by Hampton

PHLV: fig. 9

September 27, 1914

1.181

Lassen Peak in eruption seen from Lost Camp. Photograph by R. L. Fillmore

PHLV: fig. 10

1.182

Lassen Peak lookout house prior to eruption with dog standing at corner of house. Photograph by Hampton

PHLV: fig.13a

1.183

Woman sitting among ruins of Lassen Peak lookout house after it was demolished by eruptions. Photograph by Hampton

PHLV: fig. 13d

August 8, 1915

1.184

Steam and ash cloud from Lassen Peak eruption. Photograph by Mrs. Bond

PHLV: fig. 15a

August 19. 1914

1.185

Lassen Peak in eruption seen from near Little Hot Springs Valley

PHLV: fig. 15b

August 22, 1914

1.186

Steam and ash cloud from Lassen Peak eruption. Photograph by Mrs. Bond

PHLV: fig. 16a

1.187

Steaming crater on Lassen Peak summit. Photograph by Mrs. Bond

PHLV: fig. 16b

1.188

Men and horse on Lassen Peak summit near steaming crater. Photograph by Hampton

PHLV: fig. 17b

1914

1.189

William Halsebo standing in front of boulder washed against tree by mudflow. Photograph by Loomis

PHLV: fig. 27

1.190

Lassen Peak in eruption seen from Mineral, CA. Photograph by Hampton

PHLV: fig. 29b

May 22, 1915

1.191

Lassen Peak in eruption seen from Red Bluff, CA. Photograph by R.E. Stinson

PHLV: fig. 30b

May 22, 1915

1.192

Lassen Peak in eruption seen from Red Bluff. Photograph by R.E. Stinson

PHLV: fig. 31a

May 22, 1915

1.193

Lassen Peak in eruption seen from Anderson. Photograph by R. I. Meyers

PHLV: fig. 31b

May 22, 1915

1.194

Boulder heated by volcanic activity, broken into pieces after cooling. Photograph by Loomis

PHLV: fig. 34

1.195

Snags and rocks in area of deepest mudflow and center of hot blast of May 22, 1915. Photograph by Loomis

PHLV: fig. 36b

1.196

Lassen Peak in eruption over Reflection Lake. First of four successive views of eruption. Photograph by Chester Mullen

PHLV: fig. 44a

October 6, 1915

1.197

Lassen Peak in eruption over Reflection Lake. Fourth of four successive views of eruption. Photograph by Chester Mullen

PHLV: fig. 44d

October 6, 1915

1.198

Two people standing at edge of pond in bottom of crater on Lassen Peak summit. Photograph by Louisa Mae Loomis

PHLV: fig. 52a

1919

1.199

North crater on Lassen Peak summit. Photograph by Louisa Mae Loomis

PHLV: fig. 52b

1919

Did You Know?

View of devastated area from Main Park Road.

The 29 mile Main Park Road was constructed between 1925 and 1931, just 10 years after Lassen Peak erupted. Near Lassen Peak the road reaches 8512 feet, making it the highest road in the Cascade Mountains. It is not unusual for 40 feet of snow to accumulate on the road near Lake Helen.