J. Goldsborough Bruff


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J. Goldsborough Bruff, Self Portrait

J. Goldsborough Bruff

Why are Bruff and his drawings important?

We learn from them.

It's a combination: We learn from both his drawings and from the diary he kept as he traveled across the plains and during his adventures in California.

We learn what it was like to travel across the continent in 1849, in covered wagons after crossing the Missouri River. Click here for more about his journey.

We learn what the 49ers saw and what they experienced, and this helps us better understand and appreciate how the American West was developed.