Friday, December 19, 2014
From Monterey Herald
Posted by j at 2:19 PM
Monday, December 15, 2014
The channeling of the Carmel last week into a carefully engineered river bed was designed to bypass the tons of sludge behind the 106-foot-tall San Clemente Dam, which has blocked the river for 94 years.
The 3-year-project, which began last year, required workers with the Granite Construction Company to dynamite a mountain and dig out a million cubic yards of dirt.
From: San Francisco Chronicle
Picture from: San Clemente Rancho
Posted by j at 12:01 PM
Friday, December 12, 2014
Friday, December 5, 2014
"The Indians living in California numbered 340,000 in the late 1700’s, but only 100,000 remained after roughly 70 years of Spanish missionization.
Coastal Ohlone groups often traded shells, dried shellfish, and obsidian to inland peoples. In exchange the Ohlone received arrowheads, pinon nuts, stone and bone beads and chert for tools.
Everyone prized cinnabar from the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains for its use as a red body paint important in ceremonial activities."
From: Missions of the Monterey Bay Area By Emily Abbink, 1996.
Posted by j at 1:56 PM
Thursday, December 4, 2014
"In 1976, born of frustration and nurtured by anger, a grassroots movement sprang up in Carmel with the avowed intent of halting deterioration of the village. The group Old Carmel was conceived and gained notoriety through its efforts to save the Village Corner, long a favored stopping place of local residents.
When threatened with a loss of lease and possible conversion to some other purpose, the Village Corner became a rallying point for residents concerned with the proliferation of tourism as Carmel's chief source of business.
From: Carmel By The Sea
Posted by j at 4:49 PM
Posted by j at 4:34 PM
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
From: The Hearald
Posted by j at 3:23 PM
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
The conversion of infidels was his life, his obsession, and to that effect he had erected 9 missions in the areas of Upper California.
The Servant of God sought to shed his blood for the divine cause and asked forgiveness in advance for future murderers, worried that military retaliation would harm evangelization. "
From: Franciscan Friars
Picture from: The Richard III Society
Posted by j at 4:23 PM
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
When Spanish missionary monk Father Juan Crespi saw strawberry trees on the Pacific coast of North America, he recognized them imediately as relatives of the Spanish madrono. Crespi was part of an expedition to find the legendary Bay of Monterey and establish Jesuit settlements there.
After traveling for months the expedition successfully planted a cross at Monterey and set up a mission in the Carmel Valley. In his diary Crespi noted that he saw “Many madronos, though with smaller fruit than the Spanish trees.” That’s where our name, madrone, originated.
From Lives of the Trees by Diana Wells, 2010.
Posted by j at 4:51 PM
"Soon after founding San Carlos Borromeo, Father Serra moved the mission south to the Carmel River. This spot was closer to the Rumsien village of Ashista.
Father Serra wrote guidelines explaining what methods the missionaries should use to convince Native Americans to join the missions. Through letters, he recruited Franciscans from Spain."
From: The Missions of the Monterey Bay Area by Emily Abbink, 1996.
Picture from: What I Do
Posted by j at 3:55 PM
Founded in 1770, Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, the headquarters of the father-presidents, was the second mission of the chain. The old mission features the Mudejar Star window, an example of an architectural style once popular in Spain. Mudejares were Muslims who lived in Spain after the 1200’s.
From: The Missions of the Monterey Bay Area by Emily Abbink, 1996
Picture from: What I Do
Posted by j at 10:04 AM