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La Purisima Mission State Historic Park

Mission La Purisima Concepcion de Maria Santisima was founded in 1787 by Franciscan Padre Presidente Fermin Francisco Lasuen and moved to its current site after the buildings were destroyed by an earthquake in 1812. The mission is now a state park of 1,928 acres. The 5 acre garden is planted with plants typical of a mission garden.

2295 Purisima Road, Lompoc, California, USA, CA 93436

All year. Daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. Open 9am to 5pm.

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  • over 6 years by Pat Hartley 4 / 5

    La Purisima Mission is the most completely reconstructed of the 21 mission in Alta California. Ten of the original buildings, including the church, were restored and appropriately furnished after the site came into public ownership in 1933. Unlike most of the other missions (such as San Francisco, San Diego or Santa Clara), no city has grown up around it so it retains the sense of isolation that the original Spanish and Mexican inhabitants must have felt. The gardens are simple, filled with useful plants, as befits the hard working community that lived here. A visit here is a grounding experience--it makes you aware of how quickly California has changed in a relatively short time.

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La Purisima Mission Garden Photograph © Pat Hartley
La Purisima Mission Photograph © Pat Hartley
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La Purisima Mission, April 2007 Photograph © Pat Hartley