“Saloons and disreputable places of Hazen [Nev.] June 24, 1905. By Lubken
From 1903 to 1917, Walter J. Lubken (1881-1960) was an official photographer for the U.S. Reclamation Service (USRS), now the the Bureau of Reclamation (on Tumblr at usbr). During these years, Lubken took thousands of photographs documenting the Reclamation Service’s irrigation projects across the American West. He recorded the progress of construction projects as well as USRS machinery and personnel. The agency also asked Lubken to photograph nearby towns and farms for a series of articles designed to promote settlement on land reclaimed from the desert through irrigation.