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William 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.

William 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  ...  Displaying 750 of 3273 characters.

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About  William Bell

Born:  1841 - Ireland
Died:   1921 - Bletchingly, Surrey, England
Known for:  survey sketch artist, magazine illustration