Santa Clara in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Old Sites of Mission Santa Clara de Asis
and Old Spanish Bridge
Erected 1953 by Santa Clara Lions Club. (Marker Number 250.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks series list.
Location. 37° 21.99′ N, 121° 56.489′ W. Marker is in Santa Clara, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is at the intersection of De La Cruz Boulevard and Martin Avenue, on the right when traveling east on De La Cruz Boulevard. Located in City of Santa Clara’s “Memorial Cross Park,” Southeast corner of intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grimes CA 95950, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Walnut Growers Association (approx. ¾ mile away); Parade of Champions The Santa Clara Interlocking Control Tower (approx. 0.9 miles away); Santa Clara Tower (approx. 0.9 miles away); S.E.S. (approx. 0.9 miles away); First Honeybees in California (approx. 0.9 miles away); Santa Clara Depot (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Santa Clara Depot (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Clara.
More about this marker. Plans are underway, due to religious concerns of a cross in a public park, to move it to Santa Clara University.
Regarding Old Sites of Mission Santa Clara de Asis. California Historical Landmark Statement of Significance:
The first mission in this valley, Mission Santa Clara de Thamien, was established at this site by Franciscan Padres Tomás de la Peña and Joseph Antonio Marguia January 17, 1777. Here, at the Indian village of So-co-is-u-ka, they erected a cross and shelter for worship to bring Christianity to the Costanoan Indians.
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Additional keywords. Mission Santa Clara de Asis, Father Junipero Serra, Father Juan Crespi, California Missions
Credits. This page was last revised on September 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 8, 2007. This page has been viewed 4,774 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on August 9, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1. submitted on November 8, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California. 2. submitted on May 2, 2016, by George Midwin of San Jose, California. 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 8, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.