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Perceptions of the Missions over Time.
"A more desolate place cannot be well imagined. The old adobe church is partially in ruins, and the adobe huts built for the Indians are roofless, and the walls tumbled about in shapeless piles." -J. Ross Browne, reporter, federal government employee, and world traveler, describing Mission Soledad, 1846
"Dreamy and dutiful daughter of sunny Spain.with neither regret for yesterday nor care for tomorrow, the Southern California of a quarter of a century ago enjoyed its perennial siesta.Between its sleepy Spanish past and its sleepless American present, few links remain. Practically the sole staunch survivors of those old days of romance are the venerable Missions." From "Those Old Missions," by Charles Lummis, Los Angeles Times, 1888.
The Missions were "like palaces, and.there were thousands of Indians in every one of them; thousands and thousands, all working so happy and peaceful." -Spoken by the character Ramona in the best-selling novel Ramona, by Helen Hunt Jackson, 1884.
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First posted April, 2001.
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