Carl F. Mathews was born July 27, 1885 in Elbert County, Colorado. He began work with the Colorado Springs Police Department on May 21, 1913. An early pioneer in finger printing, Mathews became the head of the police identification bureau on July 1, 1920. He went on to serve the Colorado Springs community for 32 more years in that capacity until his retirement in 1952. Described as white-haired, quiet, and friendly, Mathews spent more than 30 years collecting facts and photos of early Colorado and the Native American tribes who lived there. He specialized in pictures of railroads in early Colorado and scenes in and about Colorado Springs. His railroad shots include the famed Georgetown Loop, the line between Cripple Creek and Florence, the Clear Creek Canyon routes, and of early travel across La Veta Pass. Mathews died April 14, 1968.