Thursday, September 07, 2006

California Historical Landmark #327-1

Site of the Original Mission Dolores
Chapel and Dolores Lagoon

California State Historical Landmark #327-1

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On June 29, 1776, Father Fancisco Palou, a member of the Anza Expedition, had a brushwood shelter built here on the edge of a now vanished lake, Lago de los Dolores (Lake of the Sorrows), and offered the first mass. The first mission was a log and thatch structure dedicated on October 9, 1776 when the necessary church documents arrived. The present Mission Dolores was dedicated in 1791.

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