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Lompoc in Santa Barbara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Original Site of Mission de La Purisima Concepcion de Maria Santisima

 
 
Original Site of Mission de La Purisima Concepcion de Maria Santisima Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 23, 2010
1. Original Site of Mission de La Purisima Concepcion de Maria Santisima Marker
Inscription. The ruins at this site are part of the original Mission La Purisima, founded by Padre Fermin d Lasuen on December 8, 1787, as the 11th in the chain of Spanish missions in California. The mission was destroyed by earthquake on December 21, 1812; the present Mission La Purisima was then established several miles away.

Along a walking trail through the site interpretive panels are placed detailing the history of the Mission:

Panel 1:
Mission Vieja de la Purisima (1787-1812)
The fertile Santa Ynez River valley and a large population of Chumash Indians attracted the Franciscan missionaries of Spanish Alta California. Mission La Purisima Concepcion de Maria Santisima was founded here on December 8, 1787, 11th of eventually 21 missions. One of the more successful establishments, but 1806 it included irrigated fields and orchards, vast herds of livestock, and a population of over 11,000 Chumash. Disaster struck in 1812, el Ano de Los Temblores. Beginning on December 21, a series of earthquakes brought down the adobe walls and tiled roofs, heavy rains caused mud slides, and the swollen river flooded the fields. The terrible devastation, and other disadvantages of this location, persuaded the community to rebuild at a new site five miles to the north, now known as La Purisima Mission State Historic Park.

Panel 2:
Mission Vieja: The Community
The Mission residents lived in and around an enclosed four-sided building built of adobe bricks and
Mission Vieja de la Purisima (1787-1812) image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 23, 2010
2. Mission Vieja de la Purisima (1787-1812)
This site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Acquisition of this site was funded by:
     City of Lompoc
     California Office of Historic Preservation
     County of Santa Barbara
     Donation from Frank M. and Emily Signorelli
roofed with tiles. The central quadrangle measured between 300 and 375 feet on each side and was lined around the interior with a covered walkway. It included the church, the padres apartments, the monjario (dwelling for unmarried women), workshops, and storerooms. All wings except the padres' residence opened only to the interior courtyard; a gate on one side gave entrance to carts. The Chumash lived on the southeast side of the quadrangle in traditional brush homes and obtained daily meals from the pozolera (cook house). Quarters for the garrizon of soldiers and their families was to the northwast. Fields and orchards stretched northward toward the Santa Ynez River.

Panel 3:
Mission Vieja: The Convento and Plaza
The padres' residence which was located on your right, is the only quadrangle wing to have a double row of rooms. It contained the padres' apartments with a kitchen, a public sala (sitting room), and accommodations for visitors. A wide, tile-roofed veranda ran along the front bordering the plaza area to the east. The plaza, which was located to your left, was the social center of mission life where religious celebrations, fiestas, and other community events were held. To the north was the residence of the soldiers and their families and to the south was the Chumash village. El Camino Real entered from the east and linked Mission Vieja with Missions Santa Ines to the east and San Luis Obispo to the north.

Panel 4:
Mission Vieja: The Church
The doorway in front of you led into the
Mission Site image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 23, 2010
3. Mission Site
church, an imposing building measuring 100 feet long, 52 feet wide, and nearly 30 feet high. The altar was at the far west end. The interior was painted with colorful designs and adorned with religious paintings and statues from Mexico. All of the mission residents were baptized into the Catholic faith. They attended daily services and special celebrations, sitting on the tiled floor with men on one side and women on the other. Although formally adopting the regligion of the Spanish, many Chumash also continued their traditional beliefs and practices. The portion of the adobe wall seen in this 1905 photograph is the vine-covered mound across F Street.

Panel 5:
Mission Vieja: The Water System
A convenient and reliable water supply was needed for cooking, washing, shop activities, and irrigating orchards and fields. An aqueduct was constructed to carry water from nearby Miguelito Canyon to a reservoir on the hillside. From there water was distributed through the community in channels made of lime-mortared stones and tiles. To your right are remains of two water basins and in front of you is the the long and low lavanderia where clothes were washed. A section of an aqueduct is visible in the side of the railroad cut approximately 50 feet to your left.
 
Erected 1979 by State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the La Purisima Parlors No. 327, Native Daughters of the Golden West. (Marker Number 928.)
 
Marker series. This marker
Mission Vieja de la Purisima (1787-1812) - Panel 1 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 23, 2010
4. Mission Vieja de la Purisima (1787-1812) - Panel 1
is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 34° 37.889′ N, 120° 27.328′ W. Marker is in Lompoc, California, in Santa Barbara County. Marker is on South F Street south of East Locust Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 537 South F Street, Lompoc CA 93436, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tragedy of Point Pedernales / Honda Point (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lompoc's Mission Vieja (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lompoc World War I Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Italian Stone Pines (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lompoc Carnegie Library (approx. 0.4 miles away); La Purisima Mission State Historic Park (approx. 3.4 miles away); La Purisima Mission - 1 Mile (approx. 3.8 miles away); La Purisima Mission ← 3 Miles (approx. 5.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lompoc.
 
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Mission Vieja: The Community - Panel 2 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 23, 2010
5. Mission Vieja: The Community - Panel 2
Mission Vieja: The Community image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 23, 2010
6. Mission Vieja: The Community
Mission Vieja: The Convento and Plaza - Panel 3 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 23, 2010
7. Mission Vieja: The Convento and Plaza - Panel 3
Mission Vieja: The Convento and Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 23, 2010
8. Mission Vieja: The Convento and Plaza
Mission Vieja: The Church - Panel 4 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 23, 2010
9. Mission Vieja: The Church - Panel 4
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Mission Vieja: The Church - Panel 4 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 23, 2010
10. Mission Vieja: The Church - Panel 4
Mission Vieja: The Water System - Panel 5 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 23, 2010
11. Mission Vieja: The Water System - Panel 5
Mission Vieja: The Water System image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 23, 2010
12. Mission Vieja: The Water System
Mission Wall Ruin image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 23, 2010
13. Mission Wall Ruin
 
 
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