Author Jeff Lapides Talks About his Book: The Mojave Road in 1863

Published : Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | 2:29 PM

On Thursday, November 14, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., the Pasadena Central Library will host Author Jeff Lapides talking about his book of glass plate negative images taken by photographer Rudolph d’Heureuse during his travels along the Mojave Road—from the Drum Barracks at the Port of Los Angeles to the mines of Eldorado Canyon on the Colorado River. Complemented by contemporary newspaper accounts, these amazing images of an early and wild Mojave Desert were produced only 25 years after the invention of photography.

A German immigrant, d’Heureuse was a surveyor, cartographer, civil engineer, mining engineer, oenologist, and inventor who set out on a momentous journey in 1863. He photographed the Mojave Road in the desert from the waters of the Pacific Ocean to the banks of the Colorado River. His subjects included San Bernardino, Cajon Pass, San Pedro to Fort Mojave on the Colorado River and the mines of Eldorado Canyon in today’s Nevada. He did this many years before anyone else took photos of the desert, its inhabitants and geographical features.

Sierra Madre photographer and book designer, discovered d’Heureuse made the earliest images known of the Mojave. In the book are 155-year-old photos of mines, forts, canyons, Native Americans and soldiers.

The Mojave Road is an ancient Indian trail that crosses the Mojave desert from the Colorado River to the Cajon Pass. It is a largely untouched 138 miles of historic overland road through the Mojave National Preserve.

The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale and signing. The Pasadena Central Library is located at 285 East Walnut Street, Pasadena. For more information call (626) 744-4066 or visit





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