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F. Jay Haynes

F. (Frank) Jay Haynes was born to Levi Hasbrouck and Caroline Oliphant Haynes in Saline, Michigan on October 28, 1853. He moved to Wisconsin in 1876, and it was there he began pursuing a career in photography. Opening a studio in Moorhead, Minnesota, he became the Northern Pacific Railroad's official photographer. Beginning in 1879, Mr. Haynes traveled exhaustively for the Railroad, making photographs of the western frontier, Canada, and Alaska. His daring stereoscopic views of Fargo, Dakota produced by twin-lens cameras were particularly captivating.

An important turning point in Mr. Haynes' life and career occurred in 1881, when he first traveled to Yellowstone Park. He was awestruck by the Park's scenic beauty and unspoiled natural habitat. He became committed not only to taking photographs that featured Yellowstone's majestic splendor, but also to preserving its environment and natural resources. It has been stated that Mr. Haynes' breathtaking images of Yellowstone Park, taken with a camera capable of producing large negatives, ignited a tourist frenzy that included a President of the United States. As Yellowstone Park's official photographer, Mr. Haynes led President Chester A. Arthur, several cabinet members, military leaders, and foreign dignitaries on an extensive special tour in 1883, which received international attention.

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