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Father Antonio Ubach

Last of the Padres

— 1835 – 1907 —

 
 
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Photographed By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2005
1. Father Antonio Ubach Marker
Inscription.  Antonio Dominic Ubach, passionate advocate for California Native Americans, and defender of Indian rights, ran St. Anthony’s Indian School on this site from 1856 to 1891. Father Ubach, created programs to help hundreds of Indian children adapt to an American society. He lobbied government to protect the Indians and their lands and was appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant to lead official missions of State. Father Ubach was immortalized in Helen Hunt Jackson’s 1884 novel Ramona as the fictional character Father Gaspara. The landmark book focused national attention on the plight of the Native Americans in California. An accomplished scholar, poet and swordsman, he left Spain for America in 1855 to devote his life to religious duty for over a half century. Considered to be the last of the Padres, he was beloved and respected by all for his tireless charitable work. His funeral in 1907 was attended by thousands of San Diego citizens, settlers and Indians whose lives he touched. True to his character, his last words were “have charity.”
 
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionCivil RightsEducationGovernment & PoliticsNative Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1856.
 
Location. 32° 45.209′ N, 117° 11.759′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker is at the intersection of San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street, on the right when traveling south on San Diego Avenue. Marker is located at the entrance to Don Aguirre Adobe site, which now houses a retail business and a small museum, at the San Diego Avenue-Twiggs Street entrance to the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Diego CA 92110, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Town San Diego (here, next to this marker); Don Antonio Aguirre (here, next to this marker); Adobe Construction (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Foundation Casa de Aguirre (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of The San Diego Union (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of the San Diego Union (within shouting distance of this marker); 1906 Old Town Convent (within
Father Antonio Ubach Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2005
2. Father Antonio Ubach Marker
shouting distance of this marker); Casa de Pedrorena de Altamirano (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Diego.
 
Father Antonio Ubach image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2005
3. Father Antonio Ubach
Father Ubach Marker is on the right. The Don Antonio Aguirre marker is on the left. On the far right of the photo is an Old Town San Diego Site Map
Father Antonio Ubach image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, May 29, 2015
4. Father Antonio Ubach
Father Antonio Ubach image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Wikipedia
5. Father Antonio Ubach
Father Antonio Ubach image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, May 29, 2015
6. Father Antonio Ubach
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 21, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,061 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 21, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   4, 5, 6. submitted on July 2, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

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