Mission Santa Cruz was the twelfth one built in California, founded September 25, 1791 by Father Fermin Lasuen. The name Mission Santa Cruz means Holy Cross Mission.
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 Santa Cruz
- Mission Santa Cruz was known as the "hard luck mission"
- This place has the only remaining example of Indian housing
Mission Santa Cruz Timeline
- 1791 - Father Lausen founds Mission Santa Cruz
1796 - 500 neophytes
1797 - Branciforte pueblo founded
1798 - 300 neophytes
1835 - Mission Santa Cruz secularized
1856 - Mission Santa Cruz buildings destroyed
Where Is Mission Santa Cruz Located?
Mission Santa CruzMission Santa Cruz is located north of downtown Santa Cruz. From California Highway 1, turn left onto Mission Street, left onto Emmett Street, and right on School Street. The rebuilt Mission Santa Cruz faces the plaza.
126 High Street (nearby church's address)
Santa Cruz, CA
Mission Website and current hours
Mission Santa Cruz Historic ParkThe adobe neophyte's quarters are in the state historic park, which is around the corner on School Street.
144 School Street
Santa Cruz, CA
State Park Website and current hours
As of April, 2012, this state park was scheduled to be closed due to budget cuts. Visit their website for the most current information.