Charles Conrad Kuchel (1820 - December 20, 1864) was a German-American viewmaker and lithographer active in Philadelphia and California in the mid-19th century. Kuchel was born in Zweibrucken, Germany. He emigrated to the United States in the 1840s, settling in Philadelphia where he found lithographing work with Peter Stephen Duval (1804 - 1886), one of the most prominent Philadelphia lithographers of the 19th century. He moved to California in 1853, settling in San Francisco. There he partnered with Emil Dresel (1819 - 1869) as 'Kuchel and Dresel' to issue series of bird's-eye views of California and Oregon cities. The partners also created a unique series of views illustrating mining camps. These are some of the only surviving visual records of often short-lived gold rush boomtowns. Kuchel died in San Francisco in 1864.