San Juan Bautista in San Benito County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Mission San Juan Bautista
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.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Exploration • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is June 24, 1965.
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. Marker is mounted to the adobe fence at the entrance to Mission San Juan Bautista and the San Juan Bautista State Historic Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Second Street, San Juan Bautista CA 95045, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are 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); 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); De Anza Expedition 1775 – 1776 (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map 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 . . . San Juan Bautista. California Missions website entry (Submitted on February 22, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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. 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,
Source: Mission San Juan Bautista Historic State Park Brochure
— Submitted January 16, 2009.
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