A Threat to History

The Cooper Molera Adobe preserves life from the era when Monterey was part of Mexico to the beginnings of California statehood. The Adobe was fully restored in the 1980's. The house built by several generations of the Cooper and Molera families, and includes, historic barns, vegetable and flower gardens, and an extensive museum store. The three acre site is owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and operated by California State Parks.

The California Parks system, yes, the WHOLE system is on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 2008 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Places.

According to the Save Our Parks coalition..."the total General Fund cut for this budget year is $14.2M". It is expected that this will result in the closure of perhaps more than 100 state parks.

Check out the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is a very informative site. Our country's deteriorating economic situation has effected many more places than just California's park system. It would be unfortunate to lose any of these historic gems.

All images of Cooper Molera Adobe courtesy of National Trust.


  1. That is truly frightening to think we could lose so much of our history. I think it would be a tragedy for all of those parks to close. I hope something can be done before it's too late!

  2. Hi! Came over from Julia's blog. I don't think many people understand what the budget cuts mean to the preservation of our state's history. They hear "park closures" and think "so I won't be able to go on as many hikes or picnics, big deal". A thoughtful post. I'll be back later to take a longer look around!

  3. I'm so glad I found your blog. I like it. Historic preservation, a subject dear to my heart. The small cottage we just restored was actually in escrow twice before we bought it and both buyers were planning on tearing it down! It's not an important property but it is 120 years old and I'm so glad we saved it. Redlands is known for preserving old homes, that's why I like it here, but almost everyone thinks that bigger is better so little houses sometimes don't make the cut and get torn down. Thanks for this post. I hope I didn't go on too long. I'll be back.


    p.s. love your name.

  4. You make a great point - this budget situation goes further than many of us realize.

  5. Janet-I am so glad you "saved" your home. Redlands has some of the most beautiful old homes around, certainly here in the Inland Empire. Preserving old homes is a much "greener" approach than building new, preserving history as well. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Struggler-Absolutely, it is quite frightening what is happening around us, some of which still remains to be seen.


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