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Santa Barbar Mission Blueprint

A Tour of Early California Architecture from San Diego to Sonoma

[coming soon] The Spanish missions of California represent the state’s oldest and richest historical legacy. Established in the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century by Franciscan missionaries, the missions were designed by artisans from Mexico, and built and decorated largely by Native Americans. Learn More …

Mission San Buenaventura

Mission San Buenaventura

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 …

walking to the mission

Guess Who is Walking the Trail from Sonoma to San Diego?

In his latest project, travel guide and author Sanford “Sandy” Brown is making preparations to write a guidebook for the California Missions Trail, the 815-mile walking/biking itinerary…

El Camino Real Postcard

The Road the Famous Fathers Trod

Postcards from the first half of the 20th century give us a glimpse of the past. The route shown on the postcard below has the missions often located on spurs that are off the main road. The postcard shows an image of the Monterey …

Mission La Purisima Concepción

La Purísima Mission State Historic Park is within the California State Parks System

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. 

Mission Santa Bárbara

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