Mission San Rafael History

History In Brief Founded: 14 December 1817 by Padre Vicente de Sarría Named for: Saint Raphael the Archangel Number in Series: 20th Indian Name: Awániwi (Nanaguiani) Brand: Detail 1816-17: Discussions and correspondence took place between Governor Solá and Padre Ramón Abella at Mission San Francisco de Asís. These discussions centered on the high death and sickness […]

Mission San Luis Obispo Plaza

We’re going to start the tour from Mission Plaza. If you managed to park in the Mission parking lot then this will likely be the end of the tour for you. Picture taken 2:15pm 8 Jul 2001 Walking along the plaza from Broad Street toward Chorro Street your first view of the Mission is the […]

Mission San Rafael Museum

For this Mission we’ll start in the gift shop/museum just beyond the Mission church and work down to the Mission church outside and inside and then end up at the parish church. The gift shop and museum are combined into one room at this Mission (there are hopes to expand the museum). While somewhat cramped, […]

Mission San Luis Obispo Museum

The museum for the Mission is a few rooms gotten to through the gift shop. The gift shop is entered through a small door almost hidden at the front of the church just at the top of the stairs from the plaza. Watch your step going in; the door is narrow and there are steps […]

Mission San Luis Obispo Church

Below you should see a rotating panorama of the complete inside of the Mission Church. You should be able to click on the panorama to stop the rotation at any point and then drag the mouse left, right, up, or down to see any specific area. If you have a mouse wheel, it should be […]

Mission San Luis Obispo Garden

As you walk around the lush garden area be certain to look down as well as around. Even the bricks on the walkway carry designs. Picture taken 3:05pm 8 Jul 2001 While the area is small, there are a number of things to view back in the garden. Look for the small fountain, a statue […]

Mission Founding Order

One of the questions often asked is in what order the missions were founded. Here is the order/date of founding for each: Founded by Saint Junípero Serra 1. San Diego de Alcalá (16 July 1769) 2. San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo (3 June 1770) 3. San Antonio de Padua (14 July 1771) 4. San Gabriel […]

Military Governors of California

After Mexico ceded California to the U.S. in 1846 Congress delayed setting up a territorial government for a variety of reasons. A series of seven military governors filled the gap until an election could be held. 7 Jul – 29 Jul 1846: John Drake Sloat John Drake Sloat (1781-1867) was born 6 July 1781 in […]

Mission Materials

Missions were generally made out of local materials. Originally, there were largely reed structures; often no more than huts. As the colonization continued and more native peoples were made available for work, the missions started to be constructed out of adobe but they still had reed roofs and dirt floors. Still later, after some of […]

El Camino Real

The road that linked the missions, pueblos, and presidios in early California was called El Camino Real. While typically called “The King’s Highway” the term “camino real” is more usually used to denote a crude road, almost a trail, used mostly by wagons. Modern day U.S. Highway 101 follows the general route of the original […]