A portrait of surveyor Alonzo Doolittle posing with a bag of gold, ca. 1850.
Originally from in Vermont, Alonzo J. Doolittle was a surveyor who came to California during the Gold Rush. He mapped the gold fields of California and published several western maps in the 1860s. In this photograph, Doolittle stands next to two "gold pokes," or small bags used to hold gold nuggets. His shirt, trousers, hat, and two-piece round belt buckle were typical of the attire worn by California gold miners.