Sunday Stills: San Diego Presidio

Last Sunday, Ed from Sunday Stills challenged us to share a photograph depicting a subject with a history of over 100 years.

This photo also serves as my fourth entry for the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge.

While I was in San Diego during the third week in March, my daughter and I took a quick side trip to stroll around the grounds of the San Diego Presidio.

San Diego Presidio

The Spanish Presidio in San Diego

Here is some information about the Presidio

The Spanish presidio of San Diego was established on Presidio Hill July 1, 1769, the day Governor Don Gaspar de Portola claimed “Alta California” as a territory of Spain. The presidio was the first permanent European settlement on the Pacific Coast. It was also the base of operations for the Spanish colonization of California, achieved through the development of missions and presidios. The presidio served as the base for exploration throughout California’s interior and it remained the seat of military power in California through the Mexican period. Originally constructed of wood, the presidio was reconstructed of adobe in 1778. When news of Mexico’s independence from Spain reached California in 1822, the Mexican army took possession of the San Diego Presidio. From 1825-1829 it served as the Mexican Governor’s residence. After the Pueblo de San Diego was founded in 1835, the presidio buildings fell into ruin. In 1929 a park was established at the site. The Serra Museum, adjacent the park, houses a collection of archaeological artifacts related to the history of Spanish California.

When we visited on Monday, the building and museum was closed. The sign indicated it was only open on weekends. Sad that budget cuts cause these historic spaces to be closed more than they are open. Below is the same photo in sepia-tones to perhaps better capture the old-time photography point of view.

Sepia San Diego Presidio

Spanish Presidio of San Diego in Sepia

The Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge rules require you to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph – it’s entirely up to you. Then each day, invite another blogger to carry on this challenge.

Accepting the challenge is entirely up to the person nominated, and everyone can join in. ………………………………………..
I would like to invite Carol, from Light Words, to join the party. She already takes great photos, so please check out her blog. As I said, it is totally up to each individual to accept this challenge.

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