If you looked at the map page you noticed that this Mission had an extensive waterworks and aqueduct system. Portions of that are still used by the city of Santa Barbara but, for the purposes of just touring around the area of the Mission, take a left U-turn as you exit the cemetery and about a half block up the street you’ll notice a portion of the original aqueduct. Walk up to it and look across the street and you’ll see its extension in the park area.
There are two landmark designations at the Mission. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the California landmark sign so I’ll have to add that on a later trip.
[Picture to be added. Location given as: 2201 Laguna St, plaque located in Mission Historical Park, 1,000 ft W at old 1806 Reservoir, Santa Barbara – I missed it on two trips. Maybe next time. 🙂 ]
The City of Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Mission was founded December 4, 1786. Portions of five units of its extensive water works, built by Indian labor, are preserved in this park. A filter house, Spanish grist mill, sections of aqueducts, and two reservoirs. The larger reservoir, built in 1806, is used today as part of the city water system. Ruins of the pottery kiln and tanning vats are here, also. The fountain and lavadero are nearby in front of the Old Mission. A dam, built in 1807, is located in the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, one and one-half miles up Mission Canyon.
Registered Historical Landmark No. 309
Plaque placed by California State Landmark Commission