The Pioneers: Theodore Judah

Theodore Dehone Judah was the brilliant engineer and visionary who convinced a group of merchants, and the United States Congress, that it was possible to build a railroad across the razorback spine of the Sierra Nevada. His dream was the 19th century equivalent of today’s Space Program. Born in 1826 in Continue reading The Pioneers: Theodore Judah

The Pioneers: J. Goldsborough Bruff

Joseph Goldsborough Bruff is a well-remembered participant in the California Gold Rush. A committed diarist and talented amateur artist, he left reams of hand-written observations and sketches of his “gold rush hysteria” experiences, starting with his departure from St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1849. Unlike most of his Continue reading The Pioneers: J. Goldsborough Bruff

The Pioneers: Jacob Leese

Ohio-born Jacob Primer Leese, aged 21, was a trapper in Arkansas and soon afterwards a trader in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He first came to Mexican-owned California in 1833 to transport mules between New Mexico (also a Mexican province) and Southern California, returning in 1834 to settle briefly in Los Angeles. Two Continue reading The Pioneers: Jacob Leese