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.
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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)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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