Since I have been sharing photos of a real California Mission the last two weeks I thought this week I would share one closer to home,with a different purpose and just as historic.
The Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside California under hazy late spring skies.
Built as a Guest House in 1876 the Mission Inn has sprawled and thrived under the original builder,Frank Miller and his family as well as the current owner Duane Roberts. The hotel has played host to host to 10 United States Presidents from a stop over by Theodore Roosevelt to Richard and Pat Nixon’s wedding.
Mr. Miller was famous for going to great lengths to make his guests comfortable and had a special,hand carved, over-sized chair made just for the visit and dining room seating of President Taft. Mr Taft was rotund at near 350 lbs and had recently endured whispers of being stuck in the White House bathtub. He was both pleased and angry at the special chair.
On a personal note I remember touring the Mission Inn as a kid when the Catacombs were still open and no restoration work had been done. These “catacombs” were really storage and cooling tunnels that kept workers and staff of the few large main buildings downtown out of the dust of the roads,Santa Ana winds and heat of the Summer days. They ran all over under the Inn,across the street to the Fox theater building (They had the West Coast Premier of Gone With The Wind!) and had many,many rooms off the the sides of their dark cool halls. Of course it was rumored to be haunted.
My little photos do not do any justice to the old hotel. Please do go bookmark the Mission Inn site and explore it at your leisure and perhaps someday you will come visit the Mission too!
The pictures are lovely and be sure to click on the History of the hotel links once there, enjoy.
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