Editor’s note: This column first ran Jan. 8, 2015, in the Times-News and on Magicvalley.com.

TWIN FALLS — Clarence E. Bisbee wasn’t the only photographer to capture pioneer life in the Magic Valley.

Charles Roscoe Savage was a Mormon who immigrated from England in 1855. He is well known for his photographs of the American West.

Savage settled in Salt Lake City in 1960, then traveled extensively while under contract with the Union Pacific Railroad. He photographed completion of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Point on May 10, 1869, where the Union and Central Pacific railroads famously joined in Utah Territory.

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Many of his photographs were reproduced in Harper’s Weekly. Unfortunately, most of his early originals were lost in a 1883 fire at his studio.

Savage had photographed much of the landscape around southern Idaho before Bisbee arrived in 1906.

Mychel Matthews reports on agriculture and rural issues for the Times-News. The Hidden History feature runs every Thursday in the Times-News and on Magicvalley.com. If you have a question about something that may have historical significance, email Matthews at mmatthews@magicvalley.com.

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