The First Photo

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Stereographic photo by F. Jay Haynes

"One of the most beautiful objects in nature"

Jay Haynes, 1880

Historic stereo photo of Rainbow Falls

Haynes Foundation Collection, Montana Historical Society, H-324

Frank Jay Haynes's stereograph of the fall, taken in 1880, strikingly confirms Lewis's first impression of this "pleasingly beautiful" object: "here the river pitches over a shelving rock, with an edge as regular and as streight as if formed by art . . . I now thought that if a skillful painter had been asked to make a beautifull cascade that he would most probably have pesented the precise immage of this one."