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Friday, November 30, 2012

La Purisima Mission SHP Lompoc,CA

27 November 2012

This is a 10 mile drive from campsite and one of the better restored missions we have visited with a very nice visitor center.
Visitor Center and some Exhibits

Scale Model of Life in the Mission

The mission was founded in 1787 by Father Fermin Lasuen and was the 11th of the 21 missions accompanied by a small group  of Spanish and Mexican soldiers,craftsmen and Christianized Indians. This is the second location as the first was destroyed by a massive earthquake in 1812.The first location was south on F street in Lompoc. In 1834, the Mexican government sold the missions to  private owners and La Purisima became a ranch and eventually abandoned later to be rebuilt by the CCC starting in 1934 and completed in 1941. The men rebuilding the Mission earned $30 a month and were required to send $25 home.


The visitor center features exhibits depicting the rebuilding, what life was like in the early days, history of the Chumash who were a gentle people who loved music and games. The restored buildings feature displays of life in the mission.

The mission featured a pottery shop, grist mill,kitchen, residence building, blacksmith shop,cemetery,tallow vats,springhouse,Indian apartments,gardens,livestock pens,church,girls dormitory,infirmary,soldiers quarters and shops.

For more information http://www.lapurisimamission.org.

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