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Father Serra left Fathers Miguel Pieras and Buenaventura Sitjar behind to continue the building efforts, though the construction of the church proper did not actually begin until 1810. By that time, there were 178 Native Americans living at the Mission.  By 1805, the number had increased to 1,300, but in 1834, after the secularization laws went into effect, the total number of Mission Indians at the Mission San Antonio was only 150. No town grew up around the Mission, as many did at other…

Mission San Antonio de Padua, Founded July Fun Fact: First Mission to produce clay roof tiles.

San Fernando Rey - In 1797, San Fernando Mission was established midway between the San Gabriel and that of San Buenaventura because it was too much to ask a Franciscan Friar to walk from one mission to the other without a stopping place in between.

San Fernando Rey - In San Fernando Mission was established midway between the San Gabriel and that of San Buenaventura because it was too much to ask a Franciscan Friar to walk from one mission to the other without a stopping place in between.

The Cardinell-Vincent Postcards of the California Missions, Selected Asistencia and the Royal Presidio Chapel of Monterey.

The Cardinell-Vincent Postcards of the California Missions, Selected Asistencia and the Royal Presidio Chapel of Monterey.

9. Mission San Buenaventura, Founded March 31, 1782. Fun Fact: A 7 mile stone aqueduct system was built over 10 years.

Mission San Buenaventura, Founded March Fun Fact: A 7 mile stone aqueduct system was built over 10 years.

This 1921 view of the Mission San Juan Capistrano complex documents the restoration work that was already well underway by that time.

This 1921 view of the Mission San Juan Capistrano complex documents the restoration work that was already well underway by that time. The perimeter garden wall (including the ornate entranceway) and adjacent outbuilding are 1917 additions.

The Cardinell-Vincent Postcards of the California Missions, Selected Asistencia and the Royal Presidio Chapel of Monterey.

The Cardinell-Vincent Postcards of the California Missions, Selected Asistencia and the Royal Presidio Chapel of Monterey.

Mission San Gabriel Arcángel.  Interesting to note the bell tower is built on the side and toward the rear from the front entrance of the church.

The Cardinell-Vincent Postcards of the California Missions, Selected Asistencia and the Royal Presidio Chapel of Monterey.

The Cardinell-Vincent Postcards of the California Missions, Selected Asistencia and the Royal Presidio Chapel of Monterey.

The Cardinell-Vincent Postcards of the California Missions, Selected Asistencia and the Royal Presidio Chapel of Monterey.

Mission San Buenaventura (Ventura, CA), pinned from californiamissionprints.com

Mission San Buenaventura, Ventura, CA

Bell - Santa Barbara Mission

Bell - Santa Barbara Mission

Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (Soledad, CA), pinned from missionscalifornia.com

Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soldedad, Founded October Fun Fact: Governor Jose Joaquin Arillaga died suddenly while visiting. His body was buried beneath the church floor.

California Missions | Weird California - Mission San Miguel

Mission San Miguel Arcángel - U. National Historic Landmark, U. National Register of Historic Places California Historical Landmark in San Miguel, San Luis Obispo County

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