Mission La Purísima was originally established at a site known to the Chumash people as Algsacpi and to the Spanish as the plain of Río Santa Rosa, one mile south of Lompoc.
Misión la Purísima Concepción de María Santísima (Mission of the Immaculate Conception of Most Holy Mary) was founded by Father Presidente Fermin de Lasuén on December 8, 1787. Mission La Purísima was originally established at a site known to the Chumash people as Algsacpi and to the Spanish as the plain of Río Santa Rosa, one mile south of Lompoc. Members of the Chumash tribe built and worked at the mission.
It is considered the most completely restored mission in California, with ten original buildings, fully restored and furnished, including the church, shops, quarters, and blacksmith shop. Along with the restored buildings, the park contains the mission’s rebuilt intricate water system, which collects water from springs located more than a mile above the Mission and carries it to the mission gardens and fields. The gardens contain one of the finest collections of early California flora. A self-guided tour allows visitors to step back in time to look at California mission life in the early 1880s.
The California Missions Trail goes through La Purísima State Historic Park following the original Camino Real, one of 12 miles of maintained trails. The park also schedules special living history events with docents in historical costumes throughout the year. Notably, La Purísima Mission is a National Historic Landmark.
Coordinates: 34.670; -120.421
Area: 1,934 acres (7.83 km²)
Address: 2295 Purísima Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436, USA
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