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  • Our Legacy in Brief / Peter Britt

  • Early in November 1852, a lanky Swiss man named Peter Britt, 33, arrived in a muddy Jacksonville mining camp with $5 in his pocket and pushing a two-wheeled cart.
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  • Early in November 1852, a lanky Swiss man named Peter Britt, 33, arrived in a muddy Jacksonville mining camp with $5 in his pocket and pushing a two-wheeled cart.
    He came to try his hand at mining, but he had a fallback plan. The cart carried a daguerreotype camera.
    It was a good thing, too, for Britt struck out as a gold miner.
    But his entrepreneurial spirit served him well, leading him to become a successful photographer, horticulturist, vintner and beekeeper who planted the seeds for the local orchard and winery industries.
    For half a century, he documented the life and times of the region. He took the first known photograph of Crater Lake in 1874, and he became the first to grow grapes in the region when he planted a vineyard and orchard on 20 acres a mile outside of Jacksonville. By the 1870s, he was selling wine under his Valley View Vineyard label.
    Britt died in 1905 at age 86.
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