William Abraham (Willie) Bell
(1841 - 1921)
William Abraham (Willie) Bell was active/lived in Colorado, Kansas / Ireland, England. William Bell is known for survey sketch artist, magazine illustration.
Biography William Abraham (Willie) Bell
Likely born in Ireland, William Bell was an English doctor known as Dr.
Willie Bell. He was an early resident of Colorado Springs, and became
an illustrator for Harper's in 1867. He was also a
survey-sketch artist for the Kansas-Pacific Railroad and a photographer
during the Indian Wars.
His exploration of the West began in
1867 when he was in St. Louis at an international medical convention
and heard about the survey from Salina to San Francisco. He took
a job as survey photographer and spent three days learning photography.
He joined General Will Palmer, the survey leader, and others near Pikes
Peak, and the party spent nine months fighting Indians, experiencing
low rations, weather extreme
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