peoples temple (sf)

from jim jones, people’s temple, jonestown posted in history by pete_nice

The Peoples Temple moved to their new digs at this address in 1971, the former home of the Albert Pike Memorial Scottish Rite temple. The church purchased the building the following year for $122,500.

The group opened a branch in Los Angeles in 1972 as well. Eventually, they convinced many of the Angelinos to move to San Francisco. By 1975, Peoples Temple had abandoned their plan of making the Redwood Valley their "promised land", and instead focused on recruiting and building the congregation in the Bay Area.

Today, the location is a post office.


Note: I'm not really sure if it's People's Temple or Peoples Temple. I initially thought that the apostrophe was used to indicate that the people owned the temple (People's), but maybe since the direction of the ownership was questionable in this instance, it is without the possessive form (Peoples).

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people’s temple of redwood

from jim jones, people’s temple, jonestown posted in history by pete_nice

After Jim Jones read an Esquire magazine article about the best places to survive a nuclear holocaust, he moved his church and its followers to northern California.

The People's Temple took up residence at this location. As the church looked to expand its membership, it later moved to San Francisco.

Since 1995, it has been home to the Redwood Valley Assembly of God.

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people’s temple (original)

from jim jones, people’s temple, jonestown posted in history by pete_nice

After growing his congregation in a basement, Jim Jones moved the flock to this location of their first church. Renamed the "People's Temple," Jones organized soup kitchens and unemployment assistance for hundreds of people. He and his wife adopted eight children of several different ethnicities.

However, Jones's outspoken integration of African Americans into the conservative community caused a backlash in early 60's Indianapolis. His wife was spat on as she walked with their black child down the street.

Jones's sermons grew more fervid. He began faith-healing by removing tumors from people's bodies. These "tumors" were actually chicken livers removed by a sleight-of-hand trick, but the People's Temple believers were hooked.

When Jones thought the church should move to California to avoid a nuclear holocaust, 135 members loaded into buses and followed suit. The People's Temple had moved west...

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community unity church

from jim jones, people’s temple, jonestown posted in history by pete_nice

Back in 1954, Jim Jones was an up-and-coming Pentecostal-style bible thumper. After leaving the Methodist church because of their intolerance of African Americans, Jones had taken to selling monkeys door-to-door to raise money for his first ministry.

Established in 1955, the Community Unity Church rented a space for their congregation in the basement of this address. The following year, the church grew large enough for their own building at 975 N. Delaware, which became the first People's Temple.

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fort harrison hotel

from scientology posted in history by tacopolis

Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones wrote the lyrics to "Satisfaction" by the pool at the Fort Harrison Hotel.

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