Mission San Buenaventura

old mission san buenaventura basilica

All that remains of the original mission is the church and its garden. A small museum sits at the mission with displays of Chumash Indian artifacts and mission-era items. Located in the historic downtown of Ventura, very few California missions had the center of business and commerce remain at the location where the mission was established […]

Turn of the Century Drawing of the Mission San Juan Bautista

Drawing by Henry Chapman Ford

In the summers of 1880 and 1881, while living in Santa Barbara, California, Henry C. Ford traveled by horse and buggy to each mission. In 1893, he exhibited his mission etchings at the Chicago World’s Fair. He died in 1894, leaving behind his California mission paintings.

From Ventura to San Luis Obispo

Missions Trail Story Map

Our interactive Story Map features five missions in the Central Coast area of California. The journey begins with Mission San Buenaventura and travels approximately 150 miles north to Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

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Mission San Juan Bautista

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Mission San Rafael Arcángel

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