Mission La Purísima Corral Area

A tour of this Mission starts right at the gate. As you drive in and pay your access fee look off to the right. A series of crosses mark the Indian burial area. Just off the parking area is the Mission museum and visitor center (a new visitor center is planned but construction has not […]

Mission La Purísima Monastery Interior

The monastery is where the padres lived and administered the Mission. The rooms here are set up as they might have been during the mission period. To show just how complete the restoration process for the Mission was, one of the rooms in the monastery was left unfinished. Here you can see details of how […]

Mission La Purísima Cemetery

We’ll start our tour of the buildings at the cemetery and work our way “up” the map. While there is an Indian burial ground near the park entrance, the main cemetery is in the courtyard next to the church and behind the belfry. Enter through the gate. Picture taken 11:55am 21 Jul 2001 There are […]

Mission La Purísima Monastery

The monastery is where the padres lived (usually two were assigned to each mission). In addition to the padre’s rooms, the monastery here contained the main meeting room, a rather large chapel (which served as the main church after that structure was undermined by water runoff), and the Mission office.The sacristy behind the chapel has […]

Mission La Purísima Concepción

Picture taken 11:55am 21 Jul 2001 Mission La Purísima Concepción was founded 8 December 1787 (11th in order) by Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuén. The mission is named for The Immaculate Concepción of Mary the Most Pure. The Indian name was Algsacupí. The current mission is a restoration of portions of the 1812 earthquake reconstruction […]

Mission La Purísima History

History In Brief Founded: 8 December 1787 by Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuén Named for: The Immaculate Concepción of Mary the Most Pure Number in Series: 11th Indian Name: Algsacupí Brand:  Detail 8 December 1787: Dedication date for Mission La Purísima Concepción; located just about half way between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. Padre […]

Mission Industry – Soap Making

Soap was one of many Mission’s industries. Since Missions ran large herds of cattle there was always an abundance of animal fat (also known as tallow) which was used to make soap. One steer could easily produce up to 100 pounds of fat to process. Processing began by rendering the tallow (melting and cooking it) […]

Hannon Foundation

William H. Hannon was a Southern California real estate developer known for his generosity to the Catholic community of that area. He graduated from Loyola University in 1937 and was also a Regent Emeriti and an Honorary Trustee to the university. He passed away, at age 86, on 4 November 1999. His legacy is administered […]

In and Around the Missions Museum

The models are not the only thing in the museum. The statue of Saint Serra and panels from Mission San Francisco de Asís are two other major displays. 2:46pm 2/19/2012 2:56pm 2/19/2012 The statue of Saint Serra is supposed to be life-sized. It is, however, rather tall and the Hannon statues of Saint Serra are […]

Missions Museum Models

Shown below are the 21 mission models at the California Missions Museum. They are in order from South to North. San Diego de Alcalá San Luis Rey de Francia San Juan Capistrano San Gabriel Arcángel San Fernando Rey de España San Buenaventura Santa Bárbara La Purísima Concepción Santa Inés San Luis Obispo de Tolosa San […]