Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California

Photos by Harlow W. Jones

HARLOW W. JONES (1912-1972)

TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRST OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER

Harlow Jones was born in Chicago in 1912. He developed an early interest in photography studying at the RCA Institute. He first came to Twentynine Palms in December, 1937 and the following year established his first photo studio in the garage of the Charlton adobe calling it the "Desert Photo Lab," this is now part of the 29 Palms Inn, and launched his career as a desert photographer. He later opened a new studio in 1947 on Adobe Road. Many of his photos appeared in early copies of Desert Magazine as well as the Desert Spotlight. He produced thousands of black and white postcards which were sold throughout the town. Many of these are now collector's items.

From 1938 through 1954 he worked with many in the local community such as Joshua Tree National Monument, the National Park Service and the Twentynine Palms Air Academy where he was the official photographer.

Below are just a few of his many photographs.

29 Palms Air Academy Condor Field c. 1942-43
29 Palms Air Academy,
Condor Field c. 1942-43


29 Palms Inn in 1946 This part was destroyed by fire in October 1965
29 Palms Inn in 1946


Cholla Forest Pinto Basin Joshua Tree National Monument 1947 by Harlow Jones
Cholla Forest Pinto Basin Joshua
Tree National Monument 1947


Condor Field Control Tower 29 Palms 1943 by Harlow Jones
Condor Field Control Tower
29 Palms 1943


Devil's Garden, gateway to 29 Palms 1947.jpg
Devil's Garden,
gateway to 29 Palms 1947


Distant View of 29 Palms 1941 by Harlow Jones.jpg
Distant View of 29 Palms 1941


Four Corners c.194873cb.jpg
Four Corners c.1948


The Oasis of Mara, 29 Palms.jpeg
The Oasis of Mara, 29 Palms


Little Church of the Desert 29 Palms c. 1940.jpg
Little Church of the Desert
29 Palms c. 1940


Old Dale, ghost mining town 1946 by Harlow Jones.jpg
Old Dale,
ghost mining town 1946


Pioneer Days 1946.jpeg
Pioneer Days 1946


Pioneer Days Parade 1946.jpeg
Pioneer Days Parade 1946


The Old Adobe 29 Palms by Harlow Jones.jpg
The Old Adobe 29 Palms


Aerial-Plaza-ca1946-Jones.jpg
Aerial of Plaza c. 1946



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