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Mission San Miguel Arcangel

Mission San Miguel Arcangel

Quilt Design and images Copyright by Susan Plack 1999

Mission San Miguel Arcangel was founded on July 25, 1797.  It lies near the juncture of the Salinas and Nacimiento rivers. It was also chosen as a ½ way point between San Luis Obispo and San Antonio. Because it was so far inland, the climate is quite hot and dry. However, the Indians in the area were familiar with the surrounding missions and came to the new mission willing to work. The mission was soon prosperous.

The Padres didn't have an architect, so they built a plain rectangular adobe without a bell tower. The mission was decorated with frescoes painted by the Indians under the tutoring of Estevan Munras. The frescoes have never been retouched and are still clear today.

In 1840, the last padre left. The buildings were then sold off. At one point the Mission became a shopping center with the most popular saloon on the Camino Real. The Franciscans returned in 1928 bringing the mission back to its original beauty.

This is one of my favortie missions. Maybe because it is named after Michael?

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