Thursday, June 22, 2006

California Historical Landmark #342

Site of Santa Cruz Mission
California State Historical Landmark #342

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This landmark is located in Plaza Park at the northeast corner of Emmet and Mission Streets, Santa Cruz County, California. There are 7 other California State Historical Landmarks in Santa Cruz County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 36° 58.677 W 122° 01.789.

A list of California missions is here. The missions that I have visited are highlighted in red.

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Mision la Exaltación de la Santa Cruz, the 12th Franciscan Mission, was consecrated by Father Fermín Lasuén in August 1791. In 1793 the adobe church was built where the Holy Cross Catholic Church is now located. The mission was damaged by several earthquakes and finally collapsed in 1857. Plaza Park is located at the center of the mission complex which contained 32 buildings at the time of its secularization in 1834, the last building remains on School Street.

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