Wednesday, December 3, 2008


This is, according to the sign, the San Francisco Xavier Mission Chapel, a very pretty place on a neat and narrow winding blacktop (macadam) road, in Jarales. The date at the foot of the bell tower shows that it was built in 1976. Jarales is one of many communities in the county that were settled or established well over a hundred years ago, each with its own personality.

Some others are Tome, Bosque (not to be confused with Bosque Farms), Meadow Lake (the county slum area), Las Maravillas, Adelino, Los Chavez, Rio Communities, Casa Colorado, and others. Many of the peoples in these communities are living on lands their ancesters settled hundreds of years ago.

I don't know much about architecture, but the plain simple lines of the building appeal to me. I am not a religious man but it makes me wonder, why are the Catholic churches some of the most attractive buildings? Non-Catholics are equally just as fervant about their brand of religion but their buildings, generally, just don't seem as attractive

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