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

Old Sites of Mission Santa Clara de Asis

and Old Spanish Bridge

 
 
State Historic Landmark #250 image. Click for full size.
By Mathew H. Kohnen, November 7, 2007
1. State Historic Landmark #250
The stone cross was originally erected by the Santa Clara Lions Club in 1953.
Inscription.  Second site 1799–1784 Mission Santa Clara de Asis. Original site January 12, 1777 founded by the Franciscan Fathers 967 yards north, 334 yards south of Bayshore Highway Bridge No. 37–64.
 
Erected 1953 by Santa Clara Lions Club. (Marker Number 250.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsNative AmericansSettlements & 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
Old Sites of Mission Santa Clara de Assis Marker image. Click for full size.
By George Midwin, July 2015
2. Old Sites of Mission Santa Clara de Assis Marker
(approx. 0.9 miles away); 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.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Additional keywords. Mission Santa Clara de Asis, Father Junipero Serra, Father Juan Crespi, California Missions
 
The Stone Cross image. Click for full size.
By Mathew H. Kohnen, November 7, 2007
3. The Stone Cross
The first mission in this valley, Mission Santa Clara de Thamien, was established by Franciscan Padres Tomás de la Peña and Joseph Antonio Marguia January 17, 1777, at the Indian village of "So-co-is-u-ka" The Mission was relocated following damage caused by flooding from the nearby Guadalupe River during the Winter rainy season.
Mission Cross Park image. Click for full size.
By Mathew H. Kohnen, November 7, 2007
4. Mission Cross Park
The Stone cross, used to identify the original location of the Mission Santa Clara de Asis was relocated to this small park donated by the city of Santa Clara from its original location at the Southeast corner of Central Expressway and De la Cruz Boulevard.
Saint Clare image. Click for full size.
By Mathew H. Kohnen, November 7, 2007
5. Saint Clare
The park includes this small shrine to Saint Clare.
 
 
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.
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