Mission San Diego was the first one built in California, founded July 16, 1769 by Father Junipero Serra. He named it Mission San Diego de Alacala in honor of Saint Didacus of Alcala
If you're looking for background material for a California Fourth Grade report, use this page and the mission history. If you're building a model for your project, check out the layout and floor plan and take a look at the pictures. If you need some help, try the model-building books and resources.
Interesting Facts about Mission San Diego
Mission San Diego de Alcala was the first in California
- The only Spanish missionary who was killed by Indians died at Mission San Diego de Alcala
Mission San Diego Timeline
1769 - Father Serra founds Mission San Diego
1774 - Moved inland
1775 - Indian attack
1776 - Mission San Diego rebuilt
1797 - Population 1,405 - 565 baptized
1803 - Earthquake destroys Mission San Diego
1813 - Construction
1820 - Current building completed
1821 - Mexican independence
1835 - Secularization
Where Is Mission San Diego Located?
Mission San DiegoMission San Diego is located northeast of downtown. Take I-8 to the Mission Gorge Road exit. If you were traveling east on I-8, turn left at the signal. If you were traveling west, turn right. Continue to Twain Avenue and turn left. Mission San Diego is on the right. Twain Avenue changes names before you reach it.
10818 San Diego Mission Road
San Diego, CA
Mission Website and current hours