Looking Across the Upper End of Yoho Valley

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Charles Doolittle Walcott's panoramic image is from the north base of Vice-President's Peak looking across the upper end of the Yoho Valley toward Whaleback Mountain and thence to the eastward past mounts Balfour, Daly, and Niles, British Columbia (now Alberta), Canada. Walcott used a Cirkut Outfit Camera to capture the image.


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Charles Doolittle Walcott (1850-1927), fourth Secretary of the Smithsonian (1907-1927), was a paleontologist whose research focused on North American Cambrian fossils. He conducted field work in the United States and Canada, and, in 1909, while in the Canadian Rockies near Field, British Columbia, discovered what has come to be known as the Burgess Shale. The shale contained fossils that provided the foundation for study of the Cambrian Period in Western North America. Neither Walcott nor the scientific community realized the importance of this discovery, but the Burgess Shale came to be recognized as one of the most important geologic findings of the 20th century. Walcott is equally well-known for his method of photographing topographies for scientific documentary purposes, producing stunning images of these majestic landscapes.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7004, Charles D. Walcott Papers

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu



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  • Mountains
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Landscapes
  • Photography, Panoramic
  • Burgess Shale (B.C.)
  • National parks and reserves
  • Paleontology
  • Canada


  • Mount Niles (Alta.)
  • Canadian Rockies (B.C. and Alta.)
  • Canada
  • Alberta
  • Banff National Park (Alta.)
  • Mount Daly (Alta.)
  • Yoho Valley (Alta.)
  • Mount Balfour (Alta.)
  • British Columbia
  • Whaleback Mountain (Alta.)


  • Photographic print
  • Landscape
  • Panoramic photographs

ID Number

Walcott 765a

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: Neg. 5" film; Type of Image: Landscape; Panoramic photographs Medium: Photographic print

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