California Missions by Sunset Magazine and Sunset Books
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
CALIFORNIA MISSIONS – The California Missions, a Sunset Pictorial, is the story of El Camino Real. The Royal Road, first used in the late 1700’s, established missions for Spain from San Diego to Sonoma. The foot trail became a stage coach route; then a railroad and today the principal highway linking north to south. The book is packed full of photos and illustrations, a must have for anyone interested in California history. Each of the twenty one mission churches is very unique; some shoehorned into dense urban settings while others remain within a peaceful valleys, reminiscent of the mission’s pastoral history.
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