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[*] posted on 3-27-2017 at 12:33 PM


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Bump... looking for new photos of the destroyed site...


Well, I finally got there myself a couple weeks ago (March 2017).

Just 500 feet past the Km. 103 marker is the trucker restaurant El Sacrificio (at the signed road for Los Martires), on the left. Turn in here and go uphill past the restaurant. To the right was an airport runway used during the construction of Hwy. 1 in 1973... named El Arenoso, after the old ranch a few more miles down the road.





Set odometer to 0.0 at Hwy. 1 and the El Sacrificio (Martires turnoff) restaurant.

2.4 Fork, go left.
3.5 El Sauzalito Copper Mine. New Ranch built upon old town site.
4.8 Arroyo San Juan de Dios crossing (dry this time)
5.1 Fork: left to El Rosario via La Vibora, go right.
5.3 Fork: left to Los Martires and beyond, go right.
8.6 Fork, go right.
10.5 Road left to ranch.
10.7 Road in from left to ranch.
13.2 Pila (water tank) 'San Sebastian'
15.5 Fork, go left (gate on right fork).
16.9 Fork: left to El Sauce de Carter, go right.
20.1 Gate, close behind you.
21.5 Gate 'Rancho Las Palmas', close behind you.
21.7 Cross Arroyo San Juan de Dios. Rancho Las Palmas on left. Park on right across from water tank to visit ruins.




Cerro Matomí (the waterfall I was at three days ago is just the other side!)




Rancho Las Palmas at San Juan de Dios, from arroyo crossing.


Ruins unearthed with ranch behind.


Looking north from ruins to my truck and water tank along road.

BEFORE:

Jack Swords photo of 2003.

AFTER:

Looking south from the ruins. Rancher told me there is a mission period wall in the cardón cactus area. 2017






Rancho Las Palmas.
The resident there (Alfonso Duerte Espinoza) told me it was Sony Espinoza who bladed over the mission visita ruins in 2006. It was a very sad incident indeed. No reason for the destruction. Nothing has been done on the land since no crops planted. Only a smal part of a covered-over room has been opened back up.


BEFORE:

2000

AFTER:

2017






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[*] posted on 3-27-2017 at 12:53 PM


Perfect. I was looking for a daytrip mission to go and find. This looks just right from San Quintin.




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[*] posted on 3-27-2017 at 01:10 PM


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Perfect. I was looking for a daytrip mission to go and find. This looks just right from San Quintin.


It was a visita of Mission San Fernando, and sadly, the bulldozing over the ruins really takes the charm away. But, you could look for that wall the rancher told me about (photograph it please). Then, you could see where Mama Espinoza lived after she got married, Rancho El Metate, just 2 1/2 miles further down that road... It continues on out to the plains to the east.

The closest mission to San Quintin is Santo Domingo, 5 miles from Hwy. 1, north side of the bridge at Colonia Vicente Guerrero.




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[*] posted on 3-27-2017 at 01:14 PM


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Quote: Originally posted by fishbuck  
Perfect. I was looking for a daytrip mission to go and find. This looks just right from San Quintin.


It was a visita of Mission San Fernando, and sadly, the bulldozing over the ruins really takes the charm away. But, you could look for that wall the rancher told me about (photograph it please). Then, you could see where Mama Espinoza lived after she got married, Rancho El Metate, just 2 1/2 miles further down that road... It continues on out to the plains to the east.

The closest mission to San Quintin is Santo Domingo, 5 miles from Hwy. 1, north side of the bridge at Colonia Vicente Guerrero.

Ok. I will check your book to get properly orientated.




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[*] posted on 3-27-2017 at 06:52 PM


Sad! Glad folks have been taking photographs of these mission ruins.

I believe just past Cafe Martires the road goes to an old copper mine.
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[*] posted on 3-27-2017 at 07:23 PM


Hi Jack and David,

So sad to be reminded of this. One of our favorite places ever in our earlier years. Keep up the picture taking -

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[*] posted on 3-27-2017 at 08:42 PM


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Sad! Glad folks have been taking photographs of these mission ruins.

I believe just past Cafe Martires the road goes to an old copper mine.


A new ranch is right on top of the mine camp ruins, El Suazalito.




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