Location: 2295 Purisima Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436
Date founded: December 8, 1787
Patron saint: The Virgin Mary under the title of the Immaculate Conception.
Founder: Fr. Fermín de Lasuén.
Native peoples: Chumash — also known as Purisimeño.
Features: Brightly colored espadaña, convento and other stone buildings. Operates as a living history park.
Current status: State historic park.
Historical landmark number: California Historical Landmark no. 928 (original site); California Historical Landmark no. 340; National Historical Landmark
Interesting facts: The mission was almost completely destroyed in the great earthquake of 1812. It is designated as a World Heritage Site.
Video Tour of La Purísima Mission
- 1789: First permanent church built at the mission.
- 1803: New church completed.
- Dec. 21, 1812: Earthquake destroys the mission church. No one is killed, however.
- April 23, 1813: Mission is moved to a new site.
- February of 1824: Chumash Indians revolt
- 1845: Ruins of the old mission are renamed La Purísima Rancho.