Beckwourth Pass was discovered by James P. Beckwourth in 1850. Beckwourth developed Beckwourth Trail, traversing the pass, that was used by immigrants during the Gold Rush from 1851 to 1855. After that, the railroad came into use.
Biography of Grafton Tyler Brown by Marjorie Arkelian in "The Kahn Collection of Nineteenth-Century Paintings by Artists in California." The Kahn Collection is at the Oakland Museum. The page also has a reproduction of Brown's work "Mount Tacoma" (Mount Rainier), Washington, 1885.
James Amos Porter was an artist, the head of the art gallery and art department at Howard University, and a pioneer in establishing the field of African-American art history. He was instrumental as the first scholar to provide a systematic, critical analysis of African-American artists and their works of art.
Artists Charles Alston (L) and Hale Woodruff (R) at the landmark at Beckwourth Pass, the lowest mountain pass in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, with notebooks or sketchbooks. They were researching the mural for the new building of the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company.