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Old Mission San Jose, Fremont

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  • This is not the most impressive Mission, nor the biggest, nor the fanciest. But it is a beautiful slice of California history. Each Mission has its own character. Nice gift shop, cemetery. Wonderful f...  more »
  • I have been visiting the California missions. There are 21 from Sonoma to San Diego. It's on my bucket list to visit them all. This is not the most beautiful, but it was interesting nonetheless. More ...  more »
  • Visited late on Memorial Day, 2017. Glad to have a chance to visit such a wonderful reminder of Missionary work and dedication, Included in the tour is an excellent gift shop with many religious and s...  more »
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  • Really neat and historical local. I believe it dates back to 1797! Despite the name the mission is in Fremont.
  • Very well maintained and full of interesting artifacts and information.
  • Mission San Jose, the 14th mission, was founded in 1797 by Father Fermin Lasuen. It was located near the Pueblo de San Jose, the first Spanish settlement built in California. In 1808, an earthquake damaged its bell tower, collapsing it. During a 1809 reconstruction, the bell tower was shortened to the roof line. By 1834, the church was secularized and its assets were sold. During the gold rush, its buildings were used as a trading post. Later, the buildings were used as a hotel, store and tavern. In 1868, a major earthquake completely destroyed Mission San Jose. All that remained were the padres' quarters. Mission San Jose's history is varied in that it only served as a Spanish mission for 30 years. A complete restoration of the mission began in 1982 and was finished by 1985. There is a museum on site, next to the church, containing exhibits of mission life and the local Ohlone Indian tribe.
  • We'll reconstructed in the later 1800's, this is a beautiful and peaceful place to.visit. Interesting history.
  • Pleasantly situated not far from I-680, this is an attractively restored mission and is worth a scenic detour if you are interested in California history.
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