La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, Lompoc

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Explore the cultural heritage of California at La Purisima Mission State Historic Park. The park covers an area of 1220 sq km (470 sq mi) and represents what used to be the home of the Chumash people, as well as Spanish settlers. Hike around the park and discover original buildings from 1820s, or watch for livestock that lives there today. You can see the reconstruction of life from that period, with pottery and candle making, weaving, and blacksmithing on site. Plan my Lompoc trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • As a California native the missions are a special place for me. Mission La Purisma is a trip back into the days of the Native Americans and the padres. It is a State Park with only historic emphasis o...  more »
  • This California mission was reconstructed many years ago to resemble the life of the padres and Indians. The church is very rustic with lovely art work, although a bit disappointing that mass is only ...  more »
  • I went expecting to see a quaint mission and found an amazingly large complex. The restoration is lovely and it is large and sprawling and more than expected. Free site and had the place to ourselves....  more »
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  • The history of Purisima Mission at Lompoc is the other side to the history of the region, seen from a greater perspective of Alta California, the Chumash Indians, King Carlos of Spain, Mexico, and rivalry with Britain and Russia over otter pelts and territory. While Lompoc today is famed for Rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, and its reputation as the city of flowers, according to our guide in times past it was a stage of conflict between Mexican authorities and native Americans (the Chumash), with the peace being kept by outstanding Franciscans -- such as Padre Payeras who learned Chumash and negotiated not only with the secular Mexican and Catholic religious authorities in Santa Barbara, but also with Russian leaders further up the coast. If you visit Purisima be sure to go on a guided tour where you not only have access to private parts of the mission, but will learn the rich history of Purisima.
  • La Purisima Mission is in the CA State Park system. Situated about 18 miles west of Highway 101 (use Highway 246), not quite to the town of Lompoc. This mission sits approximately 30 miles west from the Mission Santa Inez in Solvang, so visiting these two missions in a day are an easy duo. La Purisima has a wonderful state-run visitor center that certainly caters to student trips. If bus loads of students aren’t to your liking then plan accordingly. But this mission is unique in that it was rebuilt using original methods of reconstruction allowing students and adults alike to see mission life as I might have been. On a side note, if one travels to the other side of Lompoc, alongside the railroad tracks is a historical plaque where in original Mission stood.
  • This is a very well- kept mission. It is preserved all the different buildings that the mission would have needed to survive, everything from the blacksmith to granary. It has a beautiful church as well. There is some livestock that is neat for the kids. At one point in time there was flowing water and fountains, but the recent drought has shut most of it down. There are some walking trails and plenty of wildlife to boot. The mission goes back for several miles, and there are additional cistern and buildings around a large loop trail if you take the time to walk it. The mueseam at the entrance covers a lot of history. A lot of the locals use the trail up to the large cross up the hill for exercise, but there is a nice panoramic view at the top.
  • Awesome be sure to look inside all the rooms and you can even pet a pair of pigs
  • Great place for taking a walk, seeing historical places and adults and for kids alike. Well maintained.

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