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“Old Mojave Road” Lecture
January 13 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
“Old Mojave Road” Lecture by Jeff Lapides.
Sunday, January 13, 3 pm
100 E. Las Flores Ave., Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Free and open to the public.
“The Old Mojave Road” is a story of gold and silver and those seeking their fortunes, set against a backdrop of the American Civil War, relations between white settlers, Hispanics, and Native Americans, military exploits, salacious news accounts, greed – and Rudolph d’Heureuse, one naturalized
German with a camera in 1863.
Rudolph d’Heureuse was a surveyor, cartographer, civil engineer, mining engineer, oenologist, inventor, who made one momentous journey through California in 1863. He photographed the Mojave Road from the shores of the Pacific Ocean to the banks of the Colorado River and the mines of Eldorado Canyon in today’s Nevada. His subjects included San Bernardino, Cajon Pass, and Los Angeles’s seaport, and New San Pedro (present-day Wilmington). He produced these images many years before anyone else took the next photo of this desert and its travelers, crossroads, forts, soldiers, and watering holes. His images are high quality, and earned the admiration of Ansel Adams in the 1940s.
Jeff Lapides is a Southern California photographer and book designer residing in Sierra Madre, a village at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. He will be offering for sale an accompanying coffee table book, “
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