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In 1797 San Fernando Mission was established by Father Lasuen, successor to Father Serra that was one of the original four missions established creating the El Camino Real trail. The mission found life on September 8, 1797, and named for Saint Ferdinand III, King of Spain. The mission population grew due to the attraction of the fertile valley, plus it was a regular stopping place of settlers passing through or needing supplies. By 1806, they were raising cattle and producing hides, leather good, tallow and cloth. With so many travelers passing through, the father started adding onto the Convento, thus earning its nickname as the "long building" of the El Camino Real.
By 1810, work began to build the Convento and it was completed in 1822. Sadly, the native population started to decline due to disease or those who moved on to look for work. In 1812 the mission experienced damaged from an earthquake and the father was not equipped to make all the repairs that were needed. So some of the structures fell by the wayside. The fathers struggle were not bad enough, the political upevil would soon make life at the mission even harder. When Mexico gained its independence from Spain, this part of the world would see some drastic changes. The Mexican government arrived and put Spanish Father Ibarra in charge. Many of the missions one by one fell into control of local governments. Father Ibarra left in 1835, because he could not longer stand it. It was used off and on by locals for storage. By 1847 it was finally abandon and found its self being torn apart by locals or those just looking for gold, thinking the spanish had left it behind. Floors were torn apart and the roof tiles being taken. Still the Convento being the best built held its ground. It was used as a hospice, warehouse, stable and even a hog farm.
Finally a local Charles Fletcher Lummis knowing how important this structure was to the areas history started a campaign to save it in 1896. By 1923 it fell back into the hands of the Oblate fathers. Restoration was established until in 1971 the earthquake damaged too many of the building to repair. By 1974 much of the original mission was rebuilt.
- Cons:Not a place to wonder around at night, so keep your exploring in daylight~
- In a nutshell:~A beautiful area to explore~
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