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Ventura in Ventura County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Santa Gertrudis Asistencia

Chapel

 
 
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By Craig Baker, December 1, 2019
1. Santa Gertrudis Asistencia Marker
Inscription.  
Santa Gertrudis Asistencia (chapel) was originally located about 500 feet north. Its location is now covered by the freeway. This chapel served the Indians in the early days.
Marked 1970. Replaced 1986.
 
Erected 1970 by Poinsettia Parlor No. 318, Native Daughters of the Golden West. (Marker Number 11.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 34° 20.851′ N, 119° 17.824′ W. Marker is in Ventura, California, in Ventura County. Marker is on North Ventura Avenue half a mile north of Cañada Larga Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ventura CA 93001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rancho Cañada Larga (approx. half a mile away); San Buenaventura Mission Aqueduct (approx. half a mile away); San Buenaventura Mission Cross (approx. 4.4 miles away); Old County Court House (approx. 4½ miles away); Bard Hospital
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By Craig Baker, December 1, 2019
2. Santa Gertrudis Asistencia Marker
The monument is built of the original foundation stones. Plants near the base are maintained by local Native American Indians. The view is looking north, with Highway 33 nearby.
(approx. 4½ miles away); J.A. Day House (approx. 4½ miles away); The Arnold House (approx. 4½ miles away); El Caballo (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ventura.
 
Regarding Santa Gertrudis Asistencia. The chapel was an asistencia ("sub-mission") to the Mission San Buenaventura, located five miles to the south. It was built along the route of El Camino Real, the historical trail that linked California's Spanish missions. Around the Asistencia grew a village of Chumash families, whose traditional brush huts inspired Mexicans to call the site “Casitas”, a name that survives today in nearby Casitas town, lake, & road.

Ventura County Historical Landmark Statement of Significance:
Landmark No. 11 — Santa Gertrudis Asistencia (Chapel) Monument.
Built 1809. Designated December 1970.
The Asistencia, built to minister to inland Indians, was used until about 1840. Ruins still standing in 1890 gradually crumbled and the site was lost. In 1966 archaeologists determined that the site lay in the path of the Ojai Freeway (Highway 33). The asistencia's foundations were located in March 1966. The site was documented by measurements and photographs
The 1966 Excavation of the Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Pacific Coast Archaeological Society
3. The 1966 Excavation of the Chapel
and artifacts were removed. The foundation stones were removed to another location and on January 25, 1968 they were reburied a little less than one mile (.89) from their original site. Some of the foundation stones were used to build the monument marking their new site. The monument was dedicated with a bronze marker donated by the Native Daughters of the Golden West on May 23, 1970.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 99 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on December 9, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 7, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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