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Friday, March 24, 2006

Open Thread for Friday

Continuing our theme of California's Missions, today, Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad.

Due to the location of the rugged Santa Lucia Mountains, which tumble down to the sea in central California, the overland route between San Diego and the second mission at Carmel turned inland the latter half of the journey. Thus Father Serra chose an oak-studded valley east of the mountains for the site of his third mission. A bronze bell carried by a mule to that beautiful place was hung from a tree branch and Serra tolled it with vigor while shouting for the "gentiles" to come and receive the faith. When reminded that not a single gentile was in sight, Serra replied he hoped the bell could be heard around the world. So it was that the San Antonio Mission was founded on July 14, 1771.

The mission grew slowly but steadily. In addition to the church and a huge quadrangle there was a grist mill and an extensive irrigation system, along with many other evidences of prosperity. Yet the Indian population dwindled because of disease even before secularization. Eventually the mission was abandoned. An antique dealer stripped off the roof tiles which after were used on a railroad station. An earthquake left standing only the walls and brick facade of the church, plus a few lonely arches.

San Antonio is unique in that its locale remains as it was originally. The Franciscans returned and began to rebuild in the 1940s, working by hand as did the first builders. Now San Antonio lives again.

California Mission History

Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana
Mission Santa Cruz
Mission San Francisco de Solano
Mission San Luis Rey
Mission San Buenaventura
Mission San Rafael
Mission San Gabriel Arcángel
Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor's promises
Re "N.Y. tour inspires Antonio"
With all of the smiling mayor's grandstanding, all that I see is a lot of promises. What does he not understand about Los Angeles Unified School District? This is a separate entity from city government and is not in his bailiwick. It would be wonderful if he concentrated on things that could be accomplished that are under his purview. Gang problems, police protection, fire personnel, city traffic congestion, street repair and the list goes on.

A picture of Antonio holding a shovel of asphalt over a pothole or showing up at a neighborhood event does not cut it. Please fix our city's problems before grandstanding about how the mayor will appoint a superintendent of Los Angeles schools or members to the school board.
- Ira Kaplan
Woodland Hills

Sign of trouble
Re "N.Y. tour inspires Antonio"
Now I know we are in trouble when the mayor goes to New York to find out how to run a school system. If you think L.A.'s school system is bad, try on N.Y.'s for size. The kids can't read there either. If the mayor really wants to help he should back school vouchers and put a child's educational future in his or her parent's hands.
- Lawrence A. Calabro

March 24, 2006 7:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam put a thread on the illegal immigration bill. There will be a huge march tomorrow downtown. These iditos are carrying Mexican flags yelling "Viva Mexico." I say go back then. Let's see what politicans march with them.

March 24, 2006 5:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is it true about Sergio Carillo in Janice Hahn's office?

March 25, 2006 9:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa showed up way late and hogged up limelight.

He was no where in sight until after 2pm.

Was it political pressure?

March 25, 2006 3:10 PM  

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