Thursday, April 14, 2011

Religious Houses of El Camino


I recently discovered a high concentration of churches on a small stretch of El Camino Real between two of my work locations. The narrow road cuts through a wealthy community of people who commute to San Francisco or San Jose. There is an absence of people walking on the streets. Just cars, cars, cars.



If you grew up in California, you know about El Camino. Especially if you're a male who's reproduced in California, you know all about how El Camino is the oldest road in the state, the orginal path from one mission to the next, each spaced about 30 miles apart from Mexico to Sonoma. I don't know why but the guys I know who are dads now, who used to talk about frisbees (sorry - discs) and hot girls, now talk about missions and El Camino. It's a topic full of fun facts that California dads like to bring up on family road trips.



As I was driving between work locations, I looked for all the churches I had noticed there recently in bumper to bumper traffic. Later, I googled the area and found that this was the first place in California that El Camino was paved. They did it in 1909, and at the time, no one hardly used the road except kids with roller skates. Really, California dads, there's a tidbit for your next road trip.



I killed time during rush hour last night by stopping at each church. I love finding peace in busy places.



The Episcopal Church of St. Matthew, 1865







Christ Church Parish, 1869





St. Matthews Church, 1899








St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1926






Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, 1950


 




 
St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 1964






St. Catherine of Siena,





Burlingame United Methodist Church





Church of All Russian Saints







New Life Community Church





First Presbyterian Church



No comments:

Post a Comment