American engineer Rex Vivian oversees construction
of a bridge near Baghlan.

Dowshi, 1935-1936
Location unknown, 1935-1936

Vivian worked for the Afghan government to construct an important bridge in Dowshi, roughly 100 miles north of Kabul. He was surprised to find U.S.-made Caterpillar tractors already in use. Although Vivian’s photographic negatives remain with his descendants, the diaries he wrote did not survive. Fortunately, his friend G. Felix Howland, an American teacher in Kabul, left a detailed record of their time together.

Courtesy of Candace and Rex Douglas Vivian.
Photographs by Rex Vivian.


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