The Landmark Project: CHL#369

CHL# 369 CHAPEL OF SANTA YSABEL (SITE OF) The first mass at a site nearby was celebrated September 20, 1818 by Father Fernando Martin. By 1822, Santa Ysabel was an asistencia, or mission outpost, that had a chapel, a granary, several houses, a cemetery, and about 450 neophytes. After secularization in the 1830s, priestly visits became […]

The Landmark Project: CHL#412

CHL# 412 JULIAN Following the discovery of gold nearby during the winter of 1869-70, this valley became the commercial and social center of a thriving mining district. Ex-Confederate soldier Drury D. Batley laid out the town on his farmland and named it for his cousin and fellow native of Georgia, Michael S. Julian. By 1906 most […]

The Landmark Project: CHL# 939

CHL# 939 Twentieth Century Folk Art Environments (Thematic) – OLD TRAPPER’S LODGE Old Trapper’s Lodge is one of California’s remarkable Twentieth Century Folk Art Environments. It represents the life work of John Ehn (1897-1981), a self-taught artist who wished to pass on a sense of the Old West, derived from personal experiences, myths, and tall […]

Do EPIC Sh*t Road Trip / Route 66: Texas

Route 66 only crosses a small portion of Texas, but that section has a couple of very important stops.  The U-Drop Inn and Tower Station is a much photographed stop along the route, and I have to be honest, I can’t figure out why.  Sure, the pun is funny, but in terms of architecture or […]