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Friday, September 21, 2012

A SPANISH MISSION TO SPACE SHUTTLE

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY                2012

     Just for the adventure of it, I drove to the Lankershim Bridge in North Hollywood this morning, in hopes of seeing the final flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavor. It was a splendid experience. As I shared the experience with lots of others, I thought of Constable Wilson Weddington capturing two no good bandits at the south side of the original bridge, where I was standing.  I mused as how the Tongva made their camps and hunted by the Los Angeles River only a few feet away.  Great  Carl Lemley created Universal Studios at the site, a hundred years ago.  Below the aircraft, Col. John C. Fremont and General Andres Pico signed the accord that completed America's Manifest Destiny at Campo de Cahuenga less than a city block away.
   Then ............ from the West, above Ventura Boulevard (El Camino Real) it came!  The crowd pointed and cheered Endeavor America's wonderful Space Achievement, On the back the great aircraft. the shuttle secured above, protected by two guardian jets. 
    Today, yet another milestone in San Fernando Valley history. Hurrah!


 Main Altar of the Chapel - Mission San Fernando de España - Mission Hills - Vintage Postcard
Gift to the Museum of theSan Fernando Valley from Marty Puskas in memory of his mother Ann Stromberg Puskas.  (click on image to enlarge it.)
"Mission San Fernando - Founded September 8, 1797 - The colorful Indian designs compliment the statue of Saint Ferdinand King of Spain over the main altar. The statue, fashioned from wood and plaster was made in Spain, is over 300 years old. 

 Governor's Room in the Mission San Fernando. Gift to the Museum of theSan Fernando Valley from Marty Puskas in memory of his mother Ann Stromberg Puskas.  (click on image to enlarge it.)
"Among the notables who enjoyed the Mission's hospitality were Bishop Garcia Diego, Governor Pio Pico and Col. John C. Fremont.

Two Escaray Bells from Spain, cast in 1686 and 1720, hang from an original beam from the Mission Chapel constructed in 1806.
Gift to the Museum of theSan Fernando Valley from Marty Puskas in memory of his mother Ann Stromberg Puskas.  (click on image to enlarge it.)

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