|Name||Tofft, Peter (1825-1901)|
|Dates & Places of Birth and Death||
Born - Kolding Denmark, 1825
Died - London, England, 1901
In Montana 1865-1867 -- see artist file
|Places of Residence||
In 1842, at 17 years old, Tofft left Denmark on a whaling ship. After serving the with U.S. in the Mexican-American War, Tofft joined the gold seekers in California in 1849. For the next 15 years he ventured up and down the west coast (including British Columbia) in various pursuits. Tofft arrived in Western Montana in the fall of 1865, visiting such places as St. Ignatius Mission and Fort Owen. In February 1866 he arrived in the Elk Creek mining district in present-day Deer Lodge County. In the fall of 1866 Tofft left Elk Creek. After suffering a serious riding accident in the Helena area that October he gave up his mining pursuits. He spent most of the winter of 1866-1867 in Virginia City before heading east sometime in 1867. In June 1868 he left New York for England, never returning to Montana. See: PETER TOFFT: PAINTER IN THE WILDERNESS, "Montana the Magazine of Western History," Autumn 1975, pp.2-15.