Vintage Snapshot: Mission San Diego de Alcala 1972

Ran across this photo in my files of the parking lot below Mission San Diego de Alcala taken in May 1972. For any San Diegan there are a few other notables in the photo shot towards the west. To be honest the shot was for the horizon and not for the cars at the time.

Here I have another shot off to the side of the lot and fewer cars but still recognizable.

For those who do not know what the Mission looks like this is it below.

For those unfamiliar with the Missions of California this was the first one established in 1769 and the first in a line of 21 Franciscan Missions from San Diego to Sonoma. I believe three are now replicas while the others are mainly originals to varying degrees of restoration.