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McCloud Gallery

These photos were taken by Moore in the Mount Shasta region of California, along the McCloud River. Ridgway was obsessed with trout fishing. On a layover in California on his way to Japan in 1893, he spoke with another fisherman who told him about the famed Dolly Varden trout of the McCloud River. Ridgway vowed to return to fish the McCloud, which he finally did in the summer of 1898. As seen in photo 0068, his party was successful in this effort. Many of these photos show or refer to the "Fowlers". There is today, on the McCloud River, an RV campground called Fowlers. Through phone conversations with Park Service rangers, I have learned that Fowlers was a bed and breakfast that served travlers and sportsmen visiting the area. I've been told that at the time, there was little else in the way of accommodations there. I'm sure from the number of times that he mentions or photographs the Fowlers that Ridgway almost certainly stayed here during his fishing/photography expedition. According to newspaper accounts, Fowlers burned to the ground in about 1905 and was never rebuilt. In 1898 when Ridgway visited, the Fowlers were still expanding as can be see in photo 0072. The current campground is all that remains of their legacy.
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