Mission Santa Clara History

History In Brief

Founded: 12 January 1777 by Saint Junípero Serra
Named for: Saint Claire of Assisi
Number in Series: 8th
Indian Name: Thamien
Brand: Brand - Santa Clara


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  • California Missions by Sunset Editors. (September 1979) Sunset Pub Co
  • Mission Info Page at url


Holding area for random notes:

12 January 1777: Mission established on Guadalupe River.

1779: Flooding forced mission to move.

1784: New chapel constructed.

1818: New chapel constructed (through 1819).

1825: Final adobe chapel construction.

1836: Mission returned to Church.

1851: Transfer from Franciscans to Jesuits to become part of University of Santa Clara.

1926: Destroyed by fire.

1929: Reconstructed.


No tiles before 1790.