Perhaps an uplifting look at the Baja California mission which did not fall into total ruin:
North to South:
San Francisco de Borja Adac was founded in 1762, three years after the hot spring of Adac being discovered. The water was drinkable after it cooled and the sulfur smell vanished. The Jesuits were removed from California in 1768 and replaced by the Franciscans until 1773 when they handed of the peninsula of Baja California to the Dominican Order.
It was under the Dominicans that this impressive stone church was built. Construction ended in 1801. A planned bell tower never added, this structure is such an impressive site in the central Baja California desert, it well worth the 22-mile unpaved road to reach. This was the 16th California mission and was abandoned in 1818 during Mexico's war for independence from Spain.
I noticed that some of the older photos of missions I posted early in this thread are no longer showing for some reason? Also, as we cannot edit our posts from the past, I cannot fix those bad links... So, I will simply repost!