If it weren’t for Alfred B. Conrad, this website might not exist — or at least not be as filled with as many great photos.
Alfred came to the Washington Territories in 1882 at the age of 19. He eventually married and settled near Clear Lake and worked for the Forest Service. Although he didn’t know it then, his love for photography would have a lasting impression — long after he was gone.
“Conrad was a serious photographer. He used a large format camera of the old style that produced glass plates. The high quality of his photos is apparent in their detail and clarity.
He photographed many of the settler throughout the area. Much of his local photography was done from the late 1880s and until he temporarily left the area in 1906. His plates were 5″ x7″, but could be produced even larger.” (Excerpt from In the Shadow of the Mountain.)
Thank you Alfred!
Photos courtesy of Pat Van Eaton and Debbie and Gary Saint.
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