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Mission San Jose

Quilt Design and images Copyright by Susan Plack 1999

Mission San Jose was to become the 14th mission along the mission trail. It was the first of five built to make the travel between missions a day’s ride. At first the mission became more of a military strategic site than a site for agriculture. However, within three years, the mission grew from 33 to over 2,000 Indians, making it one of the largest missions in the north.

When the mission became secularized, it was plundered by the administrators. They left behind a few adobe buildings and an olive orchard. An earthquake then destroyed the church. In 1868 a white frame church and rectory were erected on the foundation of the mission.By 1982 the plans to rebuild the original mission church began.

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