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

Old Sites of Mission Santa Clara de Assis

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.)
 
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 Avemie, on the right when traveling east on De La Cruz Boulevard. Touch for map. Located in City of Santa Clara’s “Memorial Cross Park,” Southeast corner of intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Grimes CA 95950, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Walnut Growers Association (approx. 0.7 miles away); Parade of Champions (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
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); 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.
 
Regarding Old Sites of Mission Santa Clara de Assis. 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 Sata Clara de Asis, Father Junipero Serra, Father Juan Crespi
 
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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 June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 4,605 times since then and 58 times this year. 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. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Readable picture of the wording on the cross. • Can you help?
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