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OLIVER C. BUNDY &
EDGAR H. TRAIN

Helena, Montana

Portraits of Oliver C. Bundy (left) and Edgar H. Train (right).


Two other 1870s Yellowstone photographers who are today little known were Edgar H. Train (1831-1899) and Oliver C. Bundy (1827-1891) of Helena, Montana. The Yellowstone Park historical photo collection contains at least seventy-four of their stereoviews. The total produced is unknown. Nor is anything known of Train or Bundy's association with Yellowstone, although we do know something of the men themselves.

Train was born in Stockholm, New York in 1831. After a stint as a mining photographer in California from 1852-63, Train arrived in Idaho in 1864 where he partnered with W. J. Cromwell as "Train & Cromwell" in Idaho City, Idaho. In 1866 he moved on to Grizzly Gulch, and then, Helena, Montana, where he bought out the photo shop of a man named Douglass. He opened the first photo gallery in Helena with Bundy (Train's brother-in-law) in 1867. He eventually turned to other pursuits and purchased the Utah Assay Office in 1889.

Bundy is known to have moved to Montana Territory in 1866, and in 1872, he opened a photo gallery in Virginia City. He went into partnership with E.H. Train in Helena in 1876, and bought Train completely out later that same year. Some of their Yellowstone stereoviews carry the logo "Bundy and Train," while others are credited only to Train. To date, only a couple of Yellowstone views credited to Bundy only have been seen. One, entitled "Punch Bowl Spring" is part of the Yellowstone National Park collection at Mammoth.


Bob Berry Collection

Mushroom Cascade, National Park

This view of rapids on the Gibbon River is one of several styles of Yellowstone views issued by O.C. Bundy & E.H. Train. It is probably the most common (if there is such a thing).


Yellowstone Nat'l Park Collection

Thumb National Park

Another of the Bundy & Train Yellow Mounts. This one of Liberty Cap has a more ornate reverse than one featutred above.


Yellowstone Nat'l Park Collection

Untitled View of Punch Bowl Spring

This scene at Upper Geyser Basin is credited only to Edgar Train. These views are more scarce than the Bundy & Train credit line.


BUNDY & TRAIN VIEWLIST


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