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Mission San Juan Bautista

Mission San Juan Bautista

Quilt Design and images Copyright by Susan Plack 1999

Mission San Juan Bautista was founded by Father Lasuen. It was named for St. John the Baptist. The mission grew very quickly. When earthquakes destroyed the first buildings, more were built rapidly to meet the needs of the growing population. The Missionaries had no idea they had built the mission directly on top of the San Andreas Fault. Although they were to feel up to 6 tremors a day, the main church survived for 150 years before it was toppled by the 1906 earthquake.

In the mid-1800’s the mission was turned into a hotel. A stable was added for the travelers who stopped there.

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