Across the street from the historic Mission San Miguel Arcangel, est. 1797, lies the slightly younger (est. 1835), and much less conspicuous, historic Rios-Caledonia Adobe. The what? What the heck is an "adobe"? Some sort of computer software company? No; you're thinking of quite recent history. An adobe, according to my American Heritage Dictionary (rapidly becoming my favorite unabridged, perhaps simply because I don't have MW3 in a conveniently accessible format, perhaps because it's so much prettier than MW3), is
1a. a sun-dried, unburned brick of clay and straw. b. The clay or soil from which this brick is made. 2. A structure built with this type of brick. [Spanish, from Arabic at-tuba, the brick: al-, the + tuba, a brick, singulative of tub, bricks (from Coptic tobe, toobe, from Egyptian dbt, brick)] (apologies for the lack of diacritics; WordPress doesn't come "off the shelf" with a large selection, and I never thought I'd need them in this blog)Naturally, we're concerned here with definition 2, a building made from these unfired bricks. I didn't go across the street after our tour of the Mission with the whole crew in tow just to look at bricks--no matter how tempting it might be to see that proverbial ton of bricks from time to time... Adobe is very common throughout the American southwest. It's perhaps most famous in places like Taos, but there are numerous adobes in California as well. Here, then, is the Rios-Caledonia Adobe: Highway 101's:
- The original dirt stage coach road (El Camino Real? The brochure doesn't say, but I'd be hard pressed to believe otherwise) lies to the east of the property. It was paved in 1915 and designated as Highway 101 until 1931;
- The current concrete highway to the west; the Highway 101 we all know and love.