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San Juan Bautista in San Benito County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Mission San Juan Bautista

 
 
Mission San Juan Bautista Marker image. Click for full size.
January 17, 2013
1. Mission San Juan Bautista Marker
Inscription.
Founded June 24, 1797 by Father Laseun
15th of the 21 Missions largest and only church with 3 aisles. Dedicated in 1812
Monastery wing consisted of 36 rooms

This Mission has never been abandoned. It is now the parish church of San Juan Bautista.
 
Erected 1969. (Marker Number 195.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 36° 50.743′ N, 121° 32.132′ W. Marker is in San Juan Bautista, California, in San Benito County. Marker is at the intersection of Second Street and Mariposa Street on Second Street. Click for map. Marker is mounted to the adobe fence at the entrance to Mission San Juan Bautista and the San Juan Bautista State Historic Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Second Street, San Juan Bautista CA 95045, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The San Andreas Fault Exhibit & El Camino Real Earthquake Walk (within shouting distance of this marker); El Camino Real (within shouting distance of this marker); El Camino Real Bell (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing);
Mission San Juan Bautista Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2009
2. Mission San Juan Bautista Marker
Founded June 24, 1797
by
Fr. Fermin Francisco de Lasuen
Placed by
California State Society
Daughters of the American Revolution
November 23, 1969

San Juan Bautista Historic District (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Castro/Breen Adobe and Plaza Hotel (about 300 feet away); Progress Becomes History (about 400 feet away); Castro - Breen Adobe (about 400 feet away); Settler's Cabin (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Juan Bautista.
 
Regarding Mission San Juan Bautista. Mission San Juan Bautista and the town of San Juan played a major part in early California history. In 1846, just prior to the war with Mexico, Colonel John C. Frémont came to the vicinity of the Mission with surveyors, trappers, and Delaware Indians and established a fortress atop Gavilan Mountain. In the days of the Gold Rush this was a stage stop on the main road and the famed Bandit Joaquin Murrietta is reported to have visited the Mission several times.
 
Also see . . .  Mission San Juan Bautista. Mission San Juan Bautista was founded 24 June 1797 (15th in order) by Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuén. The Mission is named for Saint John the Baptist. The Indian name was Popelout,
Lower - Mission San Juan Bautista Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2009
3. Lower - Mission San Juan Bautista Marker
California State Society
and
Gabilan Chapter
Daughters of the
American Revolution
Commemorate the Bicentennial
of the Founding of
Mission San Juan Bautista
24 June 1797
Mrs. William B. McNew, State Regent
1997
or Popeloutchom. It is known for being the largest of the mission churches, with three aisles instead of the single aisle in other mission churches. Three of the nine bells in the chapel area remain. The church is active and has been since the Mission's founding. (Submitted on January 16, 2009.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Mission San Juan Bautista
This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.195 on June 20, 1935.
Statement of Significance:
Founded June 24,1790, Mission San Juan Bautista, partly destroyed by the earthquakes of 1800 and 1906, was repeatedly restored. The two bells it now uses were salvaged from its original chime. The plaza on its south, surrounded by old adobes, has witnessed many historic scenes, including General Frémont's activities in 1846.
    — Submitted January 16, 2009.

2. The Mission
The Mission, founded in 1797, is the oldest building in the San Juan Bautista State Historic Park. Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuen chose this location because there were many Indians in the area, and because it was about a day's walk from both Mission Santa Clara and Mission San Carlos Borromeo at Carmel.
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By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2009
4. Mission San Juan Bautista Markers
Excellent soil and a good water supply, as well as timber, lime and sandstone, were available nearby.
At one time some 1,200 Indians lived and worked at the Mission. More than 4,300 are buried in the old cemetery, along with a number of Spanish Californians.
The church itself, the largest mission church in California, was started in 1803, and despite damage from numerous earthquakes, it has been in continuous use since July 1, 1812.
Source: Mission San Juan Bautista Historic State Park Brochure
    — Submitted January 16, 2009.

 
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Mission San Juan Bautista Marker image. Click for full size.
By James King, April 4, 2015
5. Mission San Juan Bautista Marker
The marker can be seen to the right of the main arch and to to the left of the tent.
The Mission San Juan Bautista Church Bells image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2009
6. The Mission San Juan Bautista Church Bells
Three of the original nine bells remain
Mission San Juan Bautista image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2009
7. Mission San Juan Bautista
Sign at Entrance to Mission Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2009
8. Sign at Entrance to Mission Cemetery
MISSION CEMETERY
Buried in this sacred ground in unmarked graves are about 4300 Mission Indians, Spanish and Pioneer Settlers.

This Mission's first offering to God, marked with the Sign of the Holy Trinity was a child. Maria Trinidad, buried April 23, 1798. Fr. Jose Martiarena officiated.
Entrance to Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2009
9. Entrance to Cemetery
Mission San Juan Bautista image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2009
10. Mission San Juan Bautista
Interior of the Mission San Juan Bautista image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2009
11. Interior of the Mission San Juan Bautista
Interior of the Mission San Juan Bautista image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2009
12. Interior of the Mission San Juan Bautista
An example of the adobe and wooden beams used in construction of the Mission
Junipero Serra image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2009
13. Junipero Serra
Statue on the grounds of the Mission
Marker at Base of Junipera Serra Statue image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2009
14. Marker at Base of Junipera Serra Statue
FRAY JUNIPERO SERRA
1713-1784
Founder of the California Missions
In Memory of
EUGENIE B. HANNON
Donated by William H. Hannon Foundation
Mission San Juan Bautista image. Click for full size.
By Michael D Martin, February 27, 2010
15. Mission San Juan Bautista
Mission San Juan Bautista image. Click for full size.
By Michael D Martin, February 27, 2010
16. Mission San Juan Bautista
Mission San Juan Bautista image. Click for full size.
By Michael D Martin, February 11, 2010
17. Mission San Juan Bautista
Mission San Juan Bautista image. Click for full size.
By Michael D Martin, February 11, 2010
18. Mission San Juan Bautista
Mission San Juan Bautista image. Click for full size.
Mike Roberts, Distributed by Bob Ball, Visalia, Ca, circa 1977
19. Mission San Juan Bautista
Description on Postcard: MISSION SAN JUAN BAUTISTA, founded in 1797, is the largest of the 21 Missions. This Mission, with its 4 feet thick adobe walls, took the Indians 15 years to build.

Note the white picket fence and the cross in front of the entrance door - neither of these are here today. Also note that the bell tower has been restored since this photo image was taken.
Dedication Marker image. Click for full size.
By James King, April 4, 2015
20. Dedication Marker
Dedication

To the deceased past pageant and San Juan/Rodeo workers of San Juan and other communities. Men, women, boys and girls who labored faithfully in their various ways to build up character and effectiveness of the annual commemoration of the founding of the old mission. To them who now are gone ahead of us, we respectfully dedicate this plaque.

Father Francis J.E. Caffery MM
Pageant Founder - 1929-1941

Leonard A. Caetano
Fiesta-Rodeo Chairman 1952-1983
Fiesta de San Juan Chairman 1984-2000
Mission Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By James King, April 4, 2015
21. Mission Cemetery
Shaded by ancient olive trees.
Saint John the Baptist<br>San Juan Bautista image. Click for full size.
By James King, April 4, 2015
22. Saint John the Baptist
San Juan Bautista
Luke 1:78-79
Mark 1:4-5
John 1:6-9
Matthew 3:1-3
Honey Comb and Locust image. Click for full size.
By James King, April 4, 2015
23. Honey Comb and Locust
...and he ate locusts and wild honey. Mark 1:6
San Juan Bautista image. Click for full size.
By James King, April 4, 2015
24. San Juan Bautista
Note that the wooden cross in front of the sanctuary has been returned to its place.(Reference picture #19)
 
 
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