The Mission Grounds and Beyond
Before leaving Mission San Juan Capistrano on its early 12 noon closing on this Good Friday, I capture these beautiful pictures of the flowering grounds:
A block away from the Mission is the Los Rios Street Historical District, the oldest neighborhood in California.
According to the historical marker, Native Americans of the Acjachemen Nation lived here before Mission San Juan Capistrano was established in 1776. In 1794, 40 adobe structures were built for the newly converted Native Americans, 3 of which still remain.
Today most of the homes along Los Rios Street are wood-framed buildings of board and batten built between 1887 and 1910. (plaque on site)
San Juan Capistrano’s Historic Downtown is an eclectic mix of private residences, cottage businesses, museums,
…with butterfly gardens,
an 1894 Santa Fe Railroad Depot…
…still providing Metrolink and Amtrak service,
and a lot of history!