El Molino Viejo

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In 1816, this grist mill designed by Father Jose Maria de Zalvidea of the Franciscan order was built for the San Gabriel Mission. While the mill looks like a fortress, its sturdy walls were built for protection against earthquakes and the turbulence of the wheels turning in the water. Although the mill wasn't a success, it provided housing for a number of people throughout its history. Today, it serves as a museum with beautifully landscaped gardens. To get there, take the 210 to Huntington Dr. and go west. Turn right on S. Oak Knoll Ave. and then a right on Old Mill Rd. Parking is limited; read the street signs to ensure you don't get ticketed. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 2 PM. (Submitted by Danielle G)

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