Drawing by Henry Chapman Ford

Turn of the Century Drawing of the Mission San Juan Bautista

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.

Missions Trail Story Map

From Ventura to San Luis Obispo

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.