U. S. Mission Trail / The Mission Trail Today - The Spanish Missions in California
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by Father Junípero Serra (verify)

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It took two attempts to find the Royal Presidio in San Diego on Presidio Hill above Old Town. The Serra Museum adjacent to the site holds displays on the Presidio. Photo-Art
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On May 17, 1769, soldiers, sailers, Native Americans, and Franciscan Missionaries founded a military outpost on what is today called Presidio Hill. Two months later, Father Junipero Serra established Mission San Diego, the first mission in Alta California on the hill. The mission was later moved to its present site, then returned to the hill and then back to the second site where it remains to the present. The site was officially proclaimed a Royal Presidio on January 1, 1774. A succession of Mexican forces, abandoned in 1837 when San Diego became a pueblo, and now serves as a city park with the Serra Museum to commemorate the Presidio and Mission San Diego.

The site is California Registered Historical Landmark Number 59.

The site is a short walk east of Old Town San Diego. Access to the site can be made from Taylor Street or Juan Street.

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This page last updated: Sunday, 11-Aug-2013 02:16:15 EDT
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