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Tag: Spanish Missions

Mission La Purisima Concepción de la Virgén Santisima

As I mentioned in the Mission San Pedro y San Pablo de Bicuñer post, there have long been stories of…

Mission San Pedro y San Pablo de Bicuñer

There have long been stories of two “lost” Missions in California and in the last few decades these have been…

Inside the Church at Buenaventura

In 2010, when I first visited Mission San Buenaventura, there was a Sunday mass in progress so I didn’t get…

The Old Presidio Historic Trail

And, now a blast from the past that was never written about (but completes our Mission journeys in California): the…

Bob of the Boulevard

There’s hardly a person alive who doesn’t know Bob Hope or the impact he had on the entertainment industry. He…

Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana

Nicknamed the Mission of the Valley, this is the 17th Mission in the chain and the 8th founded by Father…

Mission San Gabriel Archangel

In Grade 4 in California, students learn about the Mission trail… January to be exact. How do I know this?…

San Francisco Presidio

In the Mission / Presidio chain, the Presidio de San Francisco (1776) comes 9th and is the 3rd of four…

Presidio of Monterey

These photos are old. We originally visited the Presidio in Monterey in March 2013… but the photos never made it…

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

Our journey to San Luis Obispo in July was for the sole purpose of completing the NorCal Mission Quest. Mission…

Mission San Francisco de Solano

Mission San Francisco de Solano was the last Mission in the chain (1823) and also the most northernly built. By…

The Sonoma Barracks and the Bear Flag

El Presidio de Sonoma (1810) came after Mexican Independence and was the last presidio built in California. It was built…

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