Mission Lapurisima in Lompoc - California Missions Photos


La Purisima Mission or Mission La Purisima Concepcion, part of the California State Parks system is also part of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.


Mission Lapurisima is located a short drive off Highway 101 near Lompoc, California. This beautiful mission is set amongst the oak-studded hills, farms and residential neighborhoods in a valley that enjoys temperate climate and often evening fog not far from Vandenberg Base. This mission was established as the 11th in a chain of 21 California mission along The King's Highway or El Camino Real in 1787. It has been destroyed and was rebuilt by original methods. Extremely popular for school tours, the mission includes docents with tour information, a small gift store and grounds to wander on.


From the California Historical Landmarks we learned that another site for the mission near the Mexico border in the Southern California desert of Imperial County contains a marker and information about a failed attempt to build this mission several years earlier. NO. 350 MISSION LA PURÍSIMA CONCEPCIÓN (site of) - In October 1780, Father Francisco Garcés and companions began Mission La Purísima Concepción.


The mission/pueblo site was inadequately supported. Colonists ignored Indian rights, usurped the best lands, and destroyed Indian crops. Completely frustrated and disappointed, the Quechans (Yumas) and their allies destroyed Concepción on July 17-19, 1781.  Location: St. Thomas Indian Mission, Indian Hill on Picacho Rd, Fort Yuma, 1 mi S of Winterhaven



Mission La Purisima and flower fields

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