Saturday, December 06, 2008

California Missions Tour: Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel)

San Gabriel Arcangel
Founded September 8, 1771 (4th mission)

It's late afternoon, smoggy, and 99 degrees. After battling more traffic, I arrive at San Gabriel. It definitely looked rougher than San Fernando, but it had a lot more character. The people who restored this mission appeared to try to cram as much history and artifacts onto the grounds as possible. It verged on cluttered. The highlight was the hole in which the people made soap and tallow.


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