Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

It’s March 11, 1948 and Vera is visiting the Mission San Juan Capistrano. I wonder if she is in town for the annual Fiesta de las Golondrinas – the Return of the Swallows, that is celebrated on March 19th annually? Founded in 1776, the mission has a long and storied history that California school children have to study in the 4th grade. I won’t cover it here because there’s just too much.

The fountain itself wasn’t finished until 1930 as part of a renovation to bring the mission back from terrible disrepair. Today, the central courtyard with the fountain features rose bushes, green lawns and an aura of peaceful reflection.

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