Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Site of Santa Cruz Mission

 
 
State Historic Landmark #342-Site of Mission Santa Cruz image. Click for full size.
By Leticia A. Kohnen, June 15, 2007
1. State Historic Landmark #342-Site of Mission Santa Cruz
Inscription. Misión La Exaltación de la Santa Cruz, the 12th Franciscan mission, was consecrated by Father Fermín Lasuen in August 1791. In 1793 the adobe church was built where the Holy Cross Catholic Church is now located. The mission was damaged by several earthquakes and finally collapsed in 1857. Plaza Park is located at the center of the mission complex which contained 32 buildings at the time of its secularization in 1834; the last building remains on School Street.
 
Erected 1939 by California State Department of Parks & Recreation in cooperation with the Monterey Viejo Chapter 1846, E. Clampus Vitus & the Santa Cruz Historical Society. (Marker Number 342.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 36° 58.674′ N, 122° 1.776′ W. Marker is in Santa Cruz, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker is at the intersection of Emmett Street and School Street, on the left when traveling east on Emmett Street. Click for map. State Historic Landmarks plaque located in Plaza Park at the intersection of Emmet & School Streets. Mission entrance at the intersection of School & Adobe Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Cruz CA 95060, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Mission Santa Cruz Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Leticia A. Kohnen, October 4, 2006
2. Mission Santa Cruz Chapel
½ scale reconstruction of original Mission Chaple damaged in earthquake in 1840's and rebuiltin 1931.
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Francisco Alzina House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Willey House (about 300 feet away); Santa Cruz Main Post Office (approx. 0.2 miles away); Santa Cruz County World War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); People's Bank (approx. ¼ mile away); Tom Scribner (approx. ¼ mile away); Colonial Revival Style (approx. ¼ mile away); Pacific Avenue Commercial Building (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Santa Cruz.
 
Regarding Site of Santa Cruz Mission. Mission Church is ½ size reconstruction of the original church built in 1931 to replace the original severly damaged in 1840 by earthquake.
 
Also see . . .  Mission Santa Cruz. (Submitted on September 8, 2007.)
 
Additional keywords. Father Junipero Serra, Spanish Colonial Era in California
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Native AmericansNotable Buildings
 
Mission Santa Cruz image. Click for full size.
By Leticia A. Kohnen, October 4, 2006
3. Mission Santa Cruz
Mission courtyard outside barracks, only surviving structure remaining of the original mission, now houses Mission Santa Cruz's cultural museum.
Vintage Postcard - Mission Santa Cruz Founded 1791 image. Click for full size.
Published by M. Kashower Co., Los Angeles, Cal.
4. Vintage Postcard - Mission Santa Cruz Founded 1791
Santa Cruz Mission was founded in the same year as Mission "La Soledad", 1791 and is located near the city of Santa Cruz. In January, 1840, an earthquake and tidal wave parially destroyed the building. The final disaster occurred in 1851 when the walls fell. The Mission has now entirely disappeared.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 8,298 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California.   4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Paid Advertisement