Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, Henry Griffiths, Jr., produced an extensive, high-quality photographic record of railroading in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah.
Griffiths began photographing in the 1930s. Among his successes was a 1952 photo essay commissioned by True magazine of Union Pacific’s operations west from Cheyenne, Wyo. After a career with the Boise fire department, Griffiths switched gears, running the company darkroom for Morrison-Knudsen and contributing to its company magazine. Griffiths’ photo collection is maintained by his children.
See outstanding photographs of Union Pacific Big Boys taken by Henry Griffiths in the Spring 2002 issue of Classic Trains magazine.