California Mission: La Purisima Walking Tour

La Purisima Walking Tour Guide:

Within a 1,900-acre state park, this fully reconstructed mission includes fountains, lavanderias, and a dozen buildings, along with 1820s-era livestock, poultry, and flora. The ‘most interesting’ of the California missions!

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La Purisima Walking Tour; La Purisima Mission is universally acclaimed as ‘the most interesting of the 21 Spanish missions’ created by the Franciscans 200+ years ago. You can visit a dozen buildings in the fully reconstructed mission… there are fountains, lavanderías, an extensive water system, and the same livestock, poultry, and flora species found there in 1820. This is an ideal picnic stop on the trip between Los Angeles and San Francisco. If you are driving on the 101, take a 15-minute detour west on the old El Camino Real (246) to Lompoc. The mission is in a 1,860-acre state park filled with roaming deer and hiking trails. Explore these and more with your expert personal guide, available 24/7 on your schedule!

La Purisima Walking Tour Highlights

  • Introduction
  • The Chapels
  • Life in the Mission
  • Command Center: The Heart of the Mission
  • Blacksmith Shop, the Fields, & the Water System
Transportation By Foot – Easy walking
Specialty Historical/Heritage, Historical/Heritage
Tour Type Guided Tour – play before & while you tour

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  • Bring food with you when visiting this park. Water and washrooms are available, but unless you catch and cook a bat, that's it. There are a lot of restaurants in nearby Lompoc, though.
  • Under the church altar is the grave of the 1820s president of the California missions, Father Payeras.
  • Ever wonder what a restroom for priests was like in an 1820 Franciscan mission? You can find out here... there is a three-seater with stall walls, a rawhide 'door,' a candle for night reading, a holder for hot coals, and a water pitcher to clean your hands.
  • The aqueducts, cisterns, clay tubing, and filtration system feeding the fountains are extraordinary.
  • Want to participate in the evening activities of a mission in the 1820's, including a full meal of that time? This candlelight supper takes place in October and is extremely popular. Reservations for this sell-out event should be made by July.

Gordon L. Burgett

Gordon Burgett has published more than 1700 freelance articles and 36 books, and delivered over 2000 lectures nationwide. His book, "The Travel Writer's Guide," was twice voted a Writer's Digest Book Club Top Choice. Gordon's most recent books are "Niche Publishing" and "Your Living Family Tree."  


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