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Drawing of Mission Dolores on Judas Day before 1835 by Oriana Day

Drawing of Mission Dolores on Judas Day before 1835 by Oriana Day

On July 16, 1769, Father Junipero Serra of the Portolà expedition founded the first of the 21 missions in Alta California, Mission San Diego de Alcalá was the first of Spain's outposts to extend political, cultural and religious influence in the new world which eventually was established as far north as Sonoma.

Mission San Diego de Alcala was established in July 1769 by the Spanish friar Junipero Serra. It is the first of the 21 Franciscan Missions and also known as the Mother of all Missions. Pope Paul VI delegated it as a Minor Basilica in

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Old Mission - San Juan Bautista, CA

Tongva settlement at the San Gabriel Mission, San Gabriel, California - Circa 1885

Gabrieleno settlement at the San Gabriel Mission, San Gabriel, California - Circa my great-grandmother, Saturnina, was a member of this Southern California tribe.

Mission Santa Clara de Asís * the first California mission to honor a female saint * site of the first college, and the oldest university in California, founded in 1851. #CalifasMissions

Mission Santa Clara de Asís * the first California mission to honor a female saint * site of the first college, and the oldest university in California, founded in

The Cardinell-Vincent Postcards of the California Missions, Selected Asistencia and the Royal Presidio Chapel of Monterey.

The Cardinell-Vincent Postcards of the California Missions, Selected Asistencia and the Royal Presidio Chapel of Monterey.

Mission San Luis Rey circa 1890

Old Mission San Luis Rey - King of the Missions, is the largest of all California Missions.

This 1921 view of the Mission San Juan Capistrano complex documents the restoration work that was already well underway by that time.

This 1921 view of the Mission San Juan Capistrano complex documents the restoration work that was already well underway by that time. The perimeter garden wall (including the ornate entranceway) and adjacent outbuilding are 1917 additions.

Mission San Juan Bautista. Where Kim Novak met her untimely death in the movie Vertigo, not once but twice

Where Kim Novak met her untimely death in the movie Vertigo, not once but twice

SantaBarbara Mission 1885 - Google Search

SantaBarbara Mission 1885 - Google Search

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