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Watkins (Carleton E.) Sun Sketches of San Mateo

Owning Institution: UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library

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The Sun Sketches of San Mateo album contains 25 photographic prints taken by Carleton E. Watkins in 1875 featuring views of early San Mateo County. Especially featured is the Baywood residence and estate of financier John Parrott, built in 1868 on what was previously the Rancho de las Pulgas. Also pictured are the Fair Oaks and El Cerrito residences, owned by W.D.M. Howard and Thomas H. Selby, respectively; St. Matthews Church; the first hotel of San Mateo; El Camino Real; Crystal Springs Road; San Mateo Creek; Crystal Springs Valley; and a view of the town of San Mateo. Watkins' wagon, by which he traveled on many of his photographic expeditions, is visible in some of the prints.... View collection guide.

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