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San Juan Capistrano in Orange County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

San Juan Capistrano Mission

 
 
San Juan Capistrano Mission Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 2, 2001
1. San Juan Capistrano Mission Marker
Inscription. Founded in 1776 by Padre Junipero Serra. The seventeenth in the chain of twenty-one missions established in Alta California to Christianize and civilize the Indians. Stone church destroyed in 1812 earthquake. Expropriated during Mexican rule. Returned to Catholic church in 1865 by proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln.
 
Erected by California State Park Commission. (Marker Number 200.)
 
Location. 33° 30.123′ N, 117° 39.768′ W. Marker is in San Juan Capistrano, California, in Orange County. Marker is at the intersection of Camino Capistrano (State Highway 74) and Ortega Highway on Camino Capistrano. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 31882 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano CA 92675, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mission San Juan Capistrano (a few steps from this marker); The Founding Documents of Mission San Juan Capistrano (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Valenzuela Adobe (within shouting distance of this marker); Capistrano Depot (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to the Los Rios Historic District
San Juan Capistrano Mission image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, March 28, 2002
2. San Juan Capistrano Mission
(about 400 feet away); Combs House (about 500 feet away); San Juan Capistrano Jail Cell (about 500 feet away); Garcia Adobe (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Juan Capistrano.
 
More about this marker. This site has been designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 200 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRIS: 71000170).
 
Also see . . .
1. Mission San Juan Capistrano. Mission San Juan Capistrano, became the seventh of twenty-one missions to be founded in Alta California. Like the previous six missions, San Juan Capistrano was established to expand the territorial boundaries of Spain, and to spread Christianity to the Native peoples of California. (Submitted on December 3, 2011.) 

2. Story of the Swallows. As the faithful little birds wing their way back to the most famous Mission in California, the village of San Juan Capistrano takes on a fiesta air and the visitors from all the parts of the world, and all walks of life, gather in great numbers to witness the "miracle" of the return of the swallows. (Submitted on December 3, 2011.) 
 
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San Juan Capistrano Mission image. Click for full size.
By Dexter Press, Inc., circa 1974
3. San Juan Capistrano Mission
Description on Postcard:
Mission San Juan Capistrano
California

Founded Nov. 1st, 1776
Entrance to the "Jewel of the Missions" located in the picturesque town of San Juan Capistrano approximately midway between Los Angeles and San Diego in Orange County.
San Juan Capistrano Mission, California image. Click for full size.
By Pacific Novelty Co., San Francisco
4. San Juan Capistrano Mission, California
Mission San Juan Capistrano image. Click for full size.
circa 1970's
5. Mission San Juan Capistrano
Description on Postcard:
Mission San Juan Capistrano
California
Founded Nov. 1st, 1776
The Sacred Garden with fountain back of Campanario or bell wall, is situated between the Great Stone Church and the original rectory. Originally the bells were in the church before the earthquake in 1812. They were moved to the present site in 1813. The two larger bells were cast in Spain in 1796 and the smaller ones in 1804.
Interior of Serra Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, circa 1970's
6. Interior of Serra Chapel
Description on Postcard:
Mission San Juan Capistrano
California
Founded Nov. 1st, 1776

Altar in Serra Chapel
The Altar came from Barcelona, Spain, and is judged to be over 300 years old. The chapel is not only the oldest part of the Mission, but is the oldest building in the State.
Swallows Nests image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, circa 1970's
7. Swallows Nests
Description on Postcard:
Mission San Juan Capistrano
California
Founded Nov. 1, 1776
Swallows Nests
In the upper arches and crevises of the ruins of the great Stone Church the swallows of Capistrano build their little mud nests.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 906 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on . • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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