Amateur artist, draftsman, Joseph Bruff was born in Washington, DC on Oct. 2, 1804. After resigning from West Point for some minor infraction of the rules, Bruff was employed by the U.S. Bureau of Topographical Engineers which brought him to California in 1849.
He spent two years drawing pictures of the mining camps and the Mother Lode country. His pen-and-ink sketches were illustrated in his journal.
Bruff spent his final 13 years in the office of the Supervising Architect, Treasury Department, Washington, DC. He died on April 14, 1889.
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