'Handsom' Falls: The First Photo

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Stereographic photo by F. Jay Haynes

"One of the most beautiful objects in nature"

Historic stereo photo of Rainbow Falls

by Jay Haynes, 1880

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."