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Sonoma Mission


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San Francisco Solano (Sonoma) Mission
Mission Sonoma

Mission Sonoma

©Betsy Malloy 2002

Sonoma Mission was the last Spanish mission built in California, founded in 1823 by Father Jose Altimira. Its official name is Mission San Francisco Solano, named for St. Francis of Solano, a 17th century missionary to the Peruvian Indians, but it's more commonly called Mission Sonoma.

If you're here because you want to visit Mission San Francisco Solano, 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 Sonoma Mission

  • Mission Sonoma was the last and northernmost California mission
  • Mission Sonoma was the only one founded after Mexico gained independence from Spain
  • Mission Sonoma was the only one founded without the Catholic church's prior approval

Sonoma Mission Timeline

  • 1823 - Father Altimira founds Mission Sonoma
    1827 - Indian uprising
    1832 - Most successful year
    1834 - Mission Sonoma secularized
    1903 - Restoration begins

Where Is Sonoma Mission Located?

Mission Sonoma (San Francisco Solano)
Town Square
Sonoma, CA
Sonoma State Historic Park website and current hours
Mission Sonoma is located at the corner of the historic plaza in the town of Sonoma. To get there from San Francisco, take US Hwy 101 north and exit onto CA Hwy 37 east toward Vallejo. Turn north on CA Hwy 121, continue following Hwy 121 (which is also called Carneros Highway or Arnold Drive). Turn right onto W. Watmaugh Rd., turn right again onto Broadway (CA Hwy 12) and right onto 3rd Street.

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