Tuesday, November 15, 2011

California Historical Landmark #309

While we were in Santa Barbara celebrating our anniversary, Sharon and I rode bikes from the Four Seasons Hotel along the beach, through the downtown and then up to the mission. We took a self-guided tour of the mission.

Mission Santa Barbara
California State Historical Landmark #309

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This landmark is located at 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, California. The plaque is located 1,000 feet west of the mission in Mission Historical Park. There are 16 other California State Historical Landmarks in San Barbara County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 34° 26.293 W 119° 42.782.

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

You can log your visit to this landmark at waymark.com.

Santa Barbara Mission was founded December 4, 1786. Portions of five units of its extensive waterworks, built by Indian labor and preserved in this park, are a filter house, Spanish gristmill, sections of aqueducts, and two reservoirs, the larger of which, built in 1806, is used today as part of the city water system. The fountain and lavadero are nearby, in front of the mission, and a dam built in 1807 is located in the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, one and one-half miles up Mission Canyon. Only ruins remain of the mission's pottery kiln, guard house, and tanning vats.

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