Bridge on the Uganda Railway Made of American Steel and Put in Place Under American Direction, Africa


This photograph, taken in east Africa in the first quarter of the 20th century, is from the Frank and Frances Carpenter Collection at the Library of Congress. Frank G. Carpenter (1855-1924) was an American writer of books on travel and world geography whose works helped to popularize cultural anthropology and geography in the United States in the early years of the 20th century. Consisting of photographs taken and gathered by Carpenter and his daughter Frances (1890-1972) to illustrate his writings, the collection includes an estimated 16,800 photographs and 7,000 glass and film negatives. The African kingdom of Buganda became a British protectorate in 1894. Using labor imported mainly from India, the British built the Uganda Railway between 1896 and 1901. The initial path of the line was from the port city of Mombasa, Kenya, to Kisumu, Kenya, on the eastern shore of Lake Victoria. The caption on this photograph highlights an American contribution to the project.

Last updated: January 8, 2018