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The Shoshonean Indians were the first inhabitants of this area. When the padres established a mission and when the Native People were converted, they were later called San Luiseno or ?Luiseno?s? for short, prosperity began for whole community. Sadly the properties were taken over by the local government around 1834 and sold off to local ranchers. It was during this time the mission fell into disrepair. In 1893, Father Joseph Jeremiah O?Keefe took on the task in restoring it. By the time he was ready to retire, most of the mission was saved.

By 1870 a small community had developed called San Luis Rey. By 1884 a post office was established, stores, hotels, and a newspaper. It was during this time the Southern Pacific Railroad was being laid from Los Angeles to San Diego, so a land developer named by Andrew Jackson Myers relocated the town in 1881 and in 1883 he was granted a 160 acres of land and built the first home here. J. Chauncey Hayes an real estate agent, Justice of Peace and the editor of his own newspaper petitioned to rename the community to Ocean Side, but was eventually changed to Oceanside when she was incorporated on July 3, 1888.

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia

As you stand before such a beautiful historical momument, just stand and look around imagining nothing around other than simple huts or houses that may have dotted the landscape and to look up at such a huge structure. I can imagine what an imposing building this must have been for settlers entering the valley during this time. I bet the padres had no idea at what a impact these missions would really have during this time and way it still influences my faith.

This mission is eighteenth of twenty-one California Missions dotting up and along the coast of California. Found in 1798 by Fr Fermin de Lausen and still operated by Franciscan Friars of California, it still serves the community with services, social events, retreats, museum, historical educational tool, and a reminder of our past and future. Only four Franciscan Missions remaining Franciscan Missions

Historical landmark #239 construction began around 1811-1815. The mission is in a shape of a cross 165 ft long and 30 ft height and 27 ft wide. Only twelve of the orginal acrches remain and are part of the musuem and gift shop structure. The mission is considered to be one of the most beautiful of the mission chain, which is rightfully so!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Its simply lovely community!
  • Cons:Oceanside seems to be very simple and lovely community.
  • In a nutshell:Its is a must see if you are in this area every. Not far from the beach which is cool!
  • Last visit to Oceanside: Oct 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2013 at 3:54 AM

    Excellent page Dee! Oceanside has so much to see. The Pier, murals, church and I just love all those Sculptures. The sculptor has put plenty of feeling into each person.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    So this is where your lovely sculpture comes from :-) I love the mission and the gardens. And the sculptures. Actually the one of San Francesco looks like I imagine he was: happy and friendly. Fascinating murals! Oh wow, yes, I remember Charlie's house, such a cute little one! And I love Ruby's Diner, looks great!

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2011 at 6:42 AM

    Looks a nice beachside town for a few days holiday. The old church buildings look magnificent. Nice page Dee.

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2010 at 7:31 AM

    Nice looking coastal resort with some history thrown in.

  • msbrandysue's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2010 at 9:29 PM

    LOVE the Intro pier picture....Awesome job, completely deserves the top 5 spot!

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2010 at 7:56 AM

    I love driving highway 101 when I have the time, I'm sure I've stopped by Oceanside, just can't remember why :-)

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2010 at 9:00 AM

    Your revisit was really something, and since '07, you've added "tons"! Hotel tip especially great. Star-quality tips and magnificent photographs, Dee. Such a beautiful, historic place. I would love to see it all.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2010 at 3:12 AM

    Howdy! Greetings from UA! Thanks for your virtual tour! ><><>< Fantastic!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2010 at 3:43 AM

    Very enjoyable page on Oceanside esp. the Missions which I also love to visit. Great hotel you stayed in too.

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2010 at 4:46 AM

    I noticed you have new additions here and have clocked it to return and complete the tour I started before our US trip.


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