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Old June 26th, 2016, 08:15 AM   #11

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#22 SAN MIGUEL (1787)

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1949 (looking north-west)

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1966 (looking south)

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2003 (looking north)

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2003 (looking west-northwest)

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Mission site plan from early 1900s. (note south is at the top)

This mission is today in the center of the town of La Misión, next to the schoolyard, right on Highway One, between San Diego and Ensenada.

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#23 SANTO TOMÁS (1791) [mission moved in 1794 and again in 1799]

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1791 site ruins in 1967

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1791 site ruins in 1975

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1791 site ruins in 2002
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1794 ruins in 1926

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1794 ruins in 1949

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1794 ruins in 1998

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1794 ruins in 2009
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1799 ruins in 1926

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1799 ruins in 1949

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1799 ruins in 2005
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#24 SAN PEDRO MÁRTIR (1794)

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#25 SANTA CATALINA (1797)

The final Spanish mission in Baja California is also nearly vanished as the adobe walls have nearly all melted back into the ground. A bit of the tower foundation is above ground and an archeological dig some 9 years ago exposed the foundation corner.

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Two more missions built after Mexico's independence from Spain are in Baja California... stay tuned! >>>
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very nice photos. Great Job, really!

Santa Rosalía de Mulegé (August 1705 to 1828):

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very nice photos. Great Job, really!

Santa Rosalía de Mulegé (August 1705 to 1828):
Two missions were founded in 1705, and the two Jesuits both left Loreto to establish the new missions on November 21, 1705. One headed south to Ligüí (21 miles) and the other headed north to Mulegé (75-100 miles).

We don't have the day that Santa Rosalía de Mulegé was founded, but it would have been 5-10 days after November 21 at the rate of travel through rough country.

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You can also read it from one of my sources: Black Robes in Lower California (page 116).
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#26 EL DESCANSO (1810+ & 1830-1834)
The site was developed in late 1809 or early 1810 as a new location for Mission San Miguel, which had just suffered the loss of their farmlands from flash floods. Called "San Miguel la Nueva" at El Descanso by the Dominicans. The older site was re-occupied at some point in the following years. It was not until 1830 that a new church was built near the 1810 site and it was called a mission by its priest.

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1927 photo by Peveril Meigs of Descanso and the fort location to the south is indicated (the original 1810 mission site).

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1927 mission plan by Meigs of the 1830 site for Descanso.

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1949 photo of Descanso by Marquis McDonald.

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2003 photo by Jack Swords (copyright) at the newly uncovered mission tile foor. Now protected by an awning, the ruins are next to the modern church, just east of the Ensenada toll highway. GPS: 32°12'19.6" 116°54'19.2"
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Hi Pedro... just one more mission to go! The last of the California missions to be founded... stay tuned!
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By-the-way, anyone in San Diego tomorrow night (Thu. July 14, 2016) might wish to attend a lecture and PowerPoint presentation I am giving. You need to RSVP as only a few seats remain available. There is a small seating fee, but my book is discounted that amount to help... Here is the info and how to RSVP:

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