confidence in the new road began to wane, but it was too late to turn
back. The Washington City Company pushed on across the desert of
alkali. Mirages bewildered the men with
of long, blue lagoons, bordered by shade trees. After thirteen days of
this, Bruff and his men crossed the Sierra and began to descend the
valley of Pit River. In the background of the picture above is Fremont's "Round Valley" where Lassen's Road joined the route from Oregon to California.
hostility of the Pit River Indians, the worn-out condition of the
mules, and the approach of winter, all influenced Bruff to stay with
the wagons in winter quarters (beloiv), while his men pushed ahead to the mines.