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

La Purisima Mission




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

Found: December 8, 1787

Official site




Description of 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. 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. After Mexico won the Mexican War of Independence in 1823, Spanish funding ceased to the Santa Barbara Presidio. Many soldiers at the mission who were no longer being paid by the new Mexican government took out their frustrations on the local Chumash Indians. After a soldier apparently beat an Indian at nearby Mission Santa Inés, the Chumash Revolt of 1824 occurred at that mission. It spread to La Purisima Mission, where the Chumash people took over the mission for one month until more soldiers arrived from Monterey Presidio. Eventually, the Chumash lost their hold on the mission with many leaving the mission soon there after. However, many of the Indians who had sought refuge in the neighboring mountains during the revolt returned to the mission.
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.




La Purisima Mission is now part of the La Purísima Mission State Historic Park within the California State Parks System. With a visitor center and guided tours, the historic park is maintained by the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). La Purisima is located in Lompoc, in the county of Santa Barbara, California.






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