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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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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.

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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.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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