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The Church of San Jose

A few decades ago–that is, before the Tortilla Curtain created by President Carter in 1979–the border was a very fluid place where children rode their bikes back and forth through mostly farmland and open spaces. During the 1990’s painter Glen Crooks depicted the hill beyond the Tijuana River Valley with a little church whose steeples darted up to the sky.

This church continues to exist, now enveloped by housing developments and barred from easy American visitation by thick double walls, otherwise known as the U.S.-Mexico border.

Here is the Church of San Jose in all its architectural splendor. If you’re at the Las Americas Mall or hike in the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park, you’ll see it there on the hill:

San Jose Church



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