Photography, horticulture and meteorology weren't Britt's only pursuits. He made personal loans and invested in real estate. He had a number of rental properties and ranches that were run by tenant farmers or hired hands. Britt was more willing to do business with the Chinese in Jacksonville than were many residents. He had a number of Chinese tenants and made loans to Chinese miners. In the late 1850s he allowed a group of Chinese to mine gold on his property for a percentage of the profits.
PHOTO: SOHS 07913 Britt Ranch barn Butte Creek