The other day, I needed to go down to Fremont on an errand, which allowed me to pick up another mission on my quest to see all the missions founded by the Spanish during the colonization of California. Surprisingly, I’m finding that a lot of missions I haven’t yet seen are right in my backyard, as was Mission San Jose. And like the other northern missions, I found this one to have little left of the original, an original which was never as ornate as some of the elaborate southern missions such as Mission San Juan Capistrano.
Still Mission San Jose was worth the detour, especially for a very good little museum about the lives of the Ohlone Indians who populated this mission. The mission church, itself, is a clever and latter day recreation of the second church on this site. Not the one founded in 1797, but the one built in 1809 and destroyed by earthquake. The outbuilding that houses the museum (probably originally the padres’ living quarters) is one of the few original pieces of the mission. Also preserved is an interesting graveyard with the graves of prominent Californians, Spanish and English, whose names Californians will recognize.
So let’s see where we are with my Mission Score Card. Here are the chain of Missions which the padres founded, from the first, San Diego, to the last, Mission San Francisco de Solano. Missions with links are those I’ve checked off my list. The links take you to the post where I wrote about them.
Mission San Diego de Alcala (San Diego) (Need to migrate this post from my old website)
Mission San Luis Rey de Francia
Mission San Juan Capistrano (Visited on Swallows Day)
Mission San Gabriel Arcangel
Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana
Mission San Buenaventura
Mission Santa Barbara
Mission Santa Inez
Mission La Purisima
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Mission San Miguel Arcangel
Mission San Antonio de Padua (One of the most intact of the old missions.)
Mission Nuestra Senora de La Soledad
Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo (Visited as part of the Golden Girls Tour with two 75-year-old ladies.)
Mission San Juan Bautista (Done on the Golden Girls Tour.)
Looks like I need a Santa Barbara roadtrip where I can pick up several missions along the way!