Spires and Water Towers

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Masonic Lodge Sculpture

Carved from a single Redwood Burl

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The name of the statue is ‘Time and The Maiden.’ Its meaning is still guarded by the Masons

On the pinnacle of the dome there is a beautiful piece of sculpture carved from a block of the indigenous redwood. It represents the beautiful Masonic emblem, the broken pillar, the maiden beside it, with the sprig in her hand, and old father Time toying with her tresses. The execution of the design is very perfect, and speaks volumes for the skill and ability of the workman who produced it. There it ever stands, visible to all who enter the town or pass through its streets, proclaiming in silent majesty, that grandest of all lessons which the teachings of this worthy fraternity seek to inculcate.” — From ‘History of Mendocino County California’, pub Alley, Bowen, & Co, San Francisco, 1880. http://www.mendocinobeacon.com/article/ZZ/20140918/N

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IMG_0430Like flowers, water towers are a Mendocino symbol. There’s  still no municipal water supplier, but people rely on electrical water pumps now.  The inns and spas have water shipped in from Ft. Bragg to keep up with their customer’s needs.  The old towers have been renovated into apartments and artist studios.  Taking  a walk through town the water towers dominate the landscape.

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Mendocino has never been a religious town.  It was built around the tough lumber and fishing trades of yore.  Still there were a few houses of worship, both Christian and Buddhist.  The Chinese came here to work, as well as the Irish, Italian, Portuguese, Scottish and English.

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A coconut was left as an offering in this temple where people still worship

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Of course some people have always wanted another kind of spirit.

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Mendocino people are outspoken and they wear their opinions everywhere.
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On a bathroom wall
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Orcas kill their precious Gray Whales

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And ending my page, my favorite:

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