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Old Oct 15, 2006, 7:02 PM   #1
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I spent a little time in the Rio Grande Valley, and saw a few interesting churches. This is Iglesia de San Miguel in Los Ebonos, a little town formed by a loop in the Rio Grande River.



There is a crossing here, which consists of a rather dilapidated floating platform pulled by hand across the river. I'm told cars can be supported on it, but it was locked down when I was there, and I didn't experiment..

The town looks pretty much like the Mexican towns across the river. Aside from the well-kept church, it is a bit scruffy in appearance, although the people were friendly and seemed to be doing OK in thisremote location.




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Los Lomos Mission.



First built by the French Oblate Fathers in the 1840s. Still consecrated and masses are held there periodically.



The faithful still visit to pray and to leave votive candles.
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Old Oct 15, 2006, 7:13 PM   #3
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Our Lady of Guadelupe Church in Mission, Texas



style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Built in the 1800s, badly damaged by arson (Ku Klux Klan suspected) in 1925, but rebuilt according to original plans. Still maintained by Oblate Fathers.


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... Aside from the well-kept church, it is a bit scruffy in appearance, although the people were friendly and seemed to be doing OK in thisremote location.
...so thatthe place appeals to me even more

Your narrationmakes agreat companion for these lovable images the first three of which containing many a rustic elements.

All togeter they reminded me of the setting of 'For a Few Dollars More' which I must have watched for a hundred of times since my childhood and is able to watch fora 'hundred and first' time without getting bored..


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Yes, the first two churches would have fit nicely in those films (which were made in Italy, I'm told) This area is closer to the gulf, and the weather is wet subtropical, rather than arid. Insects were numerous anywhere near the river, and the humidity was oppressive to me, accustomed as I am to the somewhat drier climate in Dallas.

On a hill near the Mission church at Los Lomos, the Oblate Fathers built a structure that served as a way station for missionaries traveling along The Valley. It was sold and then poorly maintained for a time. Someone is now refurbishing it, but it's not possible to get on the property for a closer look now.






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Beautiful stone architecture...I also liked thebrick one beforewhich differs in style and purpose. Observing your photos one cannot help but appreciate the industrious and dedicated spirit of the Oblate Fathers. With your shots you certainly have traced their footsteps well Theyevenestablish colleges, don't they?
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