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