Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Mission Of The Sierras

Mission San Antonio de Padua was founded near Monterey by Father Junipero Serra in July, 1771, the third in the chain of missions in California. Having fallen into a state of major disrepair due to the 1906 earthquake, efforts to save the mission began in the 1920s and took 50 years to complete.

The mission is surrounded by military land that was purchased from the Hearst family by the U.S. Army during World War II. The mission land comprises 85 acres.

Known as the Mission Of The Sierras, it was the site of the first Christian wedding performed in a mission and the first of the mission buildings to use fire tiled roofing.

The color photomechanical print was made by the Detroit Publishing Company in 1898.


Tracy said...

The history and spirit of the place really shines through in this photo...such soul! The building itself is a wonderful piece of architecture. It is easy to imagine it's importance there in the Sierras. Is it possible to see the place, or does the military still own it and it is restricted access? I would love to see it up close! Happy Weekend, Golden West :o) ((HUGS))

High Desert Diva said...

I love the style of these buildings.

steven said...

hi golden west - what a gentle photograph! i love the way colour appeared in photographs before the more realistic colour we experience now. the slight haze and muted tones are really beautiful to me. have a lovely afternoon. steven

Anonymous said...


Access is restricted in the sense that you must show current car registration and proof of insurance. And make sure you observe the speed limits (the mission is four or five miles into Fort Hunter Liggett -- a major tank training base). Notwithstanding the moniker 'Mission of the Sierras,' the mission is about twenty miles west of King City (50 miles south of Salinas on Highway 101). When you drive in on Jolon Road, its like going back in time. Beautiful oak forests (to the north). One really gets a sense for what early 19th Century California looked like. If you're really adventurous, you can drive west through the base (again, watch the speed limit), over the coastal range, and drop down into Big Sur. Ask someone at the base for directions. The Big Sur road winds through beautiful canyons and forests . . . bring a camera!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Interesting photo and write-up. When we were in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona a couple of years ago, we visited several missions - they were beautifully laid out and the history was so interesting.

Crafty Green Poet said...

That's a lovely photo, it looks a beautiful building.

I also really enjoyed your costume photos below and the Seeing Red post.