Ogling Oceanside...

For our last full day of being tour guides, we headed west.

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia is a former Spanish mission, surrounded by the present-day city of Oceanside. The mission was founded on June 13, 1798 by Padre Fermín Lasuén, and was the eighteenth of the Spanish missions established in California. Named for Saint Louis,as previously mentioned, the mission lent its name to the Luiseño tribe of Mission Indians.

The current church, built in 1815, is the third church on this location. It is a National Historic Landmark, for its pristine example of a Spanish mission church complex. Today the mission complex functions as a parish church of the Diocese of San Diego as well as a museum and retreat center.

An early account of life at the Mission was written by one of its Native American converts, Luiseño Pablo Tac. He lamented the rapid population decline of his Luiseño people after the founding of the mission, "In Quechla not long ago there were 5,000 souls, with all their neighboring lands. Through a sickness that came to California, 2,000 souls died, and 3,000 were left."

A cool side note I learned from Brady's blog was the fact that this old Spanish mission was used by Disney, in the late 1950s, as a filming location for the Zorro television series. A skull and crossbones at the cemetery entrance, added by Walt, still exists.

This is the oldest living Pepper Tree in California. The first pepper trees in Alta California were planted by Fr. Antonio Peyri using seeds brought to San Luis Rey in 1830 by a sailor from Peru.
We made a brief stop at the Lavanderia, an intricate water system where the Indian neophytes washed their clothes.

We even stopped at the gift shop.
This was our picnic spot for lunch. Pretty spectacular.
The City of Oceanside was founded in 1883. Just five years later, the construction of the first wharf began. It was largely paid for by subscription, by pledges, by people hoping to make a buck. Promoters of the wharf felt Oceanside could rival San Francisco or Los Angeles—if the city had a wharf. Work started but slowed almost immediately. There were lawsuits, unpaid subscriptions, delays and damage from storms. In December of 1888, a huge storm tore away several planks from the pier and washed lumber down the coast. Records are not clear, but the all-wooden pier, the southernmost oceanfront wharf in the state, continued to be built. By August of 1889, Oceanside asked citizens to raise a final $4,000 and promised completion of the wharf in 40 days. No one seems to know if the pier actually met its goal of extending out more than 1,200 feet into the blue Pacific. It is known that winter storms first reduced the wharf to a length of 940 feet before a storm in January of 1891 destroyed all but 300 feet of the pier. As for today's pier, a $100,000 bond issue in 1926 paid for the fourth (and final) pier. It is made of wood and concrete and extends out 1,900 feet. It was dedicated on July 4, 1927, amid a three-day celebration that attracted over 20,000 people to Oceanside. The pier and its productive fishing waters quickly became a favorite haunt for anglers (and us tourists).

The Thursday Night Sunset Market was our ultimate destination.
It was extra special because it was haunted with tons of darling costumes and the DJ playing only Halloween themed music!

Brady and Eric even strolled down for a meet-up and the last get together before they become parents. Wow.
"A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months,
in your arms for three years and
in your heart till the day you die."
Each night, at the end of the day, the four of us played our fun dice game. It was a wonderful way to wind down. Having Casey and Linda here has been an amazing start to our SoCal guest season.

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Aquí Ahí Allá said...

That was a fun day, and evening, in Oceanside!
See you again soon! There is more to see. :)

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