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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

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Spanish-American War Veteran

Spanish-American War Veteran

My father's Uncle, August Kappeler, born in Switzerland, who was a cavalry member of Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders. Wonder what they were celebrating. Don't have a clue as to the identities of the characters in the background or where the bar was. View full size.

The other Vegas

The Rough Rider Reunion of June 24-26, 1899 was held at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, New Mexico. The hotel is still there, although the modern bar doesn't seem to fit the picture above. The other Vegas really didn't become anything until 1905 or so.

Rough Riders Reunion

Your Fathers Uncle appears to be wearing some sort of medal.
It is not a Medal of Honor as it has the wrong star orientation. It does bear a resemblance to a souvenir of the 1st Rough Rider Reunion, held in Las Vegas Nevada in 1899. Perhaps that is where they are.

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