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LA PURISIMA MISSION STATE HISTORIC PARK
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|California's Central Coast is a great getaway destination from L.A., it's a short drive (about 3 or so hours) and there is plenty to do and see both there and on the way. I particularly like the very classic beach town of Pismo Beach, and try to go visit a couple of times a year. Each time I go, I discover something new. This time a sign to La Purisima Mission beckoned, so I took the turn-off to Lompoc north of Santa Barbara. |
All 21 of the Spanish missions in California were located along El Camino Real (the King's Highway), now Highway 101 in this area. They were used as traveler's outposts and spaced a day's travel apart. La Purísima Concepción was founded in 1787 by Father Francisco Lasuen. This mission is the most fully restored of all the missions, it even includes livestock and they have special events during the year with costumed re-enactments and craft making activities. So you'll want to visit their website before you go to see what is currently scheduled. A new visitor center has been built, but isn't in full use yet. There are also about 12 miles of walking trails.
Local artists come here to paint and draw.
All of the typical mission out buildings have been restored and you can see how the people lived and worked.
La Purisima is open for self-guided tours from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Free guided tours are conducted every day except during special events or Living History Days. The tours begin at the old Visitor center each day at 1 p. m. with tours generally lasting 60 to 90 minutes.
La Purisima Mission State Historic Park
2295 Purisima Road
Lompoc, CA 93436
FAX: (805) 733-2497
Learn more about the Santa Ynez Chumash Indians
The Huntington Library Early California Population Project
El Camino Real - The King's Highway
Virtual Mission Tour website.
Closer to home: You may like to visit the San Fernando Mission.
I was really surprised at how complete this historic park is. I plan to go back and spend more time.
--Andrea Kirk (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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