Charles D. Kirkland was born in Bucyrus, Ohio, July 4, 1851. In his early years Kirkland pursued his education, and owing to his father's early death, the care and support of his mother and four sisters.
He began studying photography at an early age. In 1872 he made his way westward to Denver, Colorado and engaged as operator in one of the early photography studios there. Soon he began to attract attention to his photography and by 1874, he acquired his own studio on Larimer Street where he began in business for himself.
In 1877 he moved north to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he went back to being a full-time field photographer. Here he captured some of the best early views of Wyoming cowboy and ranching history. Four years later, in 1881, he purchased his Cheyenne studio and continued in business for many years. He soon became known throughout the region as a leading photographer of the west. His "Kirkland Studio" was visited by professional men and women, many of whom traveled great distances.
During his residence in Cheyenne, Mr. Kirkland perfected in 1887 his invention of a new and superior photographic print paper, known as "Gelatine Chloride." This paper soon gained such recognition among the trade that he found it necessary to manufacture it in large quantities. This constantly increasing demand, necessitated a return to Denver, in 1893, where better manufacturing facilities were obtainable. He devoted his entire time to production work there until 1899 when the manufacturing rights of Gelatine Chloride were acquired by the Eastman Kodak Company.
In 1901, Kirkland again opened a photo studio in Denver, this time on Champa street, moving later to Welton street, and in 1910, to Tremont Place.
Although he never visited Yellowstone, he did sell a set of Yellowstone stereoviews that he purchased from Joshua Crissman of Bozeman, Montana. The set even included Crissmanís exact Verso Checklist. The only change was removal of Crissmanís name and replaced with Kirklandís.
78 Castle Geyser from the Grand Geyser.
Kirkland Verso Checklist.