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November 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Broken Yolk Cafe,
3300 Buena Vista Road
CA 93311

Reservations are Required.

GOLD! SILVER! And those seeking their fortunes against the backdrop of the American Civil War, relations between white settlers, Hispanics, and Native Americans, military exploits, salacious news accounts, greed—and one naturalized German with a camera in 1863.

Rudolph d’Heureuse—surveyor, cartographer, civil engineer, mining engineer, oenologist, inventor—who on one momentous journey, photographed the Mojave Road in the Desert West 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, New San Pedro (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.

Jeff Lapides is a Southern California photographer and book designer residing in Sierra Madre. His previous book designs include Elizabeth Pomeroy’s San Marino: A Centennial History, Michele Zack’s Southern California Story: Seeking the Better Life in Sierra Madre, and John Robinson’s magnum opus, Gateways to Southern California.

Jeffrey will be offering for sale on Saturday, November 16 Passage to El Dorado and an accompanying coffee table book, The Mojave Road in 1863: The Pioneering Photographs of Rudolph d’Heureuse at $40 each.