What Are Some Interesting Facts About Mission La Purisima Conception?

Mision La Purisima Concepción de Maria Santisima was a Catholic mission established by Spanish missionaries in modern day California on Dec. 8, 1787. It was founded by a Franciscan priest named Fermin Francisco Lasuen, and its remains are now a California State Historic Park located near the town of Lompoc.

When La Purisima was built, it was the 11th Spanish mission in the area that would become the state of California. Eventually the Spanish missionaries would build another 10 missions for a total of 21.

All the original buildings were destroyed by an earthquake in 1812, after which the missionaries rebuilt the mission several miles northwest of its original location. These rebuilt buildings can be viewed at the La Purisima Mission State Historical Park, which attracts well over 200,000 visitors each year and offers the chance to experience what life was like at the mission during the 1820s.

This mission is unique as it is the only remaining example of a complete Spanish mission complex in the state of California and only one of two remaining missions that is no longer owned by the Catholic Church. Translated into English, the mission's full name means "the mission of the immaculate conception of the most blessed Mary."