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Mission Santa Cruz


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Mission Santa Cruz
Mission Santa Cruz

Mission Santa Cruz

© Betsy Malloy 2001

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 here because you want to visit Mission Santa Cruz, you may want to read up on its history first, take a look at some pictures or just get the location which is below.

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 Cruz
126 High Street (nearby church's address)
Santa Cruz, CA
Mission Website and current hours
Mission 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.
Mission Santa Cruz Historic Park
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.

The adobe neophyte's quarters are in the state historic park, which is around the corner on School Street.

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