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[*] posted on 3-7-2019 at 03:46 PM
New topic: The mission-era warehouse on Gonzaga Bay


On my Facebook Baja Missions page, I rotate through different mission photos and facts every so often. Today, I put up a different mission building, one that only a few know much about but has been the source of study by archeologists... the mission warehouse on Gonzaga Bay.

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These are the ruins of the mission-era warehouse on the edge of Bahía San Luis Gonzaga as seen in 1958. The ruins date to the Franciscan period (1768-1773) and were likely used by the Dominicans who followed (1773-1849). Extensive archeological work has been performed here by Dr. Eric Ritter who published a paper on it. https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/488b16_d6a1399d09974ddd9dd3b0...

Many expeditions and supply ships landed on Gonzaga Bay with supplies brought north from Loreto. The supplies mainly served the missions from San Fernando de Velicatá and north. Mission Santa María is in a different canyon, south of the cargo trail from Gonzaga Bay and after 1769, declined in importance. The cargo trail is also known as the Antelope Spring Trail as Junípero Serra called it, seeing either Bighorn sheep or Pronghorn and mistaking them for antelope.




Photos from Howard Gulick in November 1958. The lower photo is looking towards where Alfonsina's would be established. The upper photos show Punta Willard, next to Papa Fernandez' camp.

When I visited the site in November 2002:



This is located about due east from the military checkpoint, over a hill. I drove to it from near the Pemex station using one of the many tracks heading north, towards the bay. See Dr. Ritter's paper for newer photos and a sketch as to what the warehouse may have looked like.




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[*] posted on 3-24-2019 at 11:15 PM
2019 Photos at the 250 year old site.


Thanks to a Baja Nomad (I will let him ID himself if he wants), here are some new photos of the ruins that date back to a time shortly after Junípero Serra founded his first (Baja) California mission at Velicatá, and named it San Fernando... then established San Diego, etc.

The mission program warehouse on the shore of Bahía San Luis Gonzaga in 2019, nearly invisible from the weeds...


Alfonsina's in the background.




Papa Fernandez' in the background.





[Edited on 3-25-2019 by David K]




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[*] posted on 3-25-2019 at 08:36 AM


Thank you (Gonzaga Nomad) for the larger image!



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