The Asistencia of Pala
From the Rancho de Pala came timbers for San Luis Rey. It was twenty miles inland at the foot of Mount Palomar and here was much of the pasture land for livestock. Near here lived a thousand Indians so Padre Peyri decided to build an asistencia to San Luis Rey. Pala was of plain design and was decorated by the Indians who were natural craftsmen. The bell tower was distinctive as the only detached campanario among California missions. Pala thrived and grew even greater than many of the missions. And it was destined to be the last mission establishment where a remnant of the natives lived peacefully secluded. The people of Pala made arrowheads of blue flint found on the mountain. It was a gift of their gods and the blue arrows of Pala were made of precious tourmaline.