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La Purisima Mission (aka La Misión de La Purísima Concepción de la Santísima Virgen María)

La Purisima Mission

La Purisima Mission is the only Spanish Catholic mission structure in California in United States. Rumors still persist that this historical complex is haunted by the spirits of people who once lived and died here.

 

 

 

Location: 2295 Purisima Road, Lompoc, Santa Barbara County, CA

Found: December 8, 1787

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Description of La Purisima Mission

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La Purisima Mission was laid in December 8, 1787 to convert local members of the Chumash tribe of Native Americans to Roman Catholicism. At the time of its construction La Purisima Mission was part of the Spanish colonies. In 1823 then Mexico gained its independence from an European empire funding greatly diminished. Furthermore a major rebellion of Chumash people broke out just a year later after Spanish soldiers beat up a native man. Subsequent secularization of La Purisima Mission in 1834 lead to abandonment.

 

Only a century year the Catholic Church with help of Union Oil Company managed to dedicate restored mission. Ironically it happened on the same day Perl Harbor was bombed on December 7th, 1941. During its active existence 3,255 people were baptized, 1,029 couples were married and 2,609 were buried by priests from a mission. Several paranormal reality TV shows visited the site of La Purisima Mission checking the claims of the place being haunted.

 

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