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#9, San Buenaventura

Founded March 31, 1782
by Father Junipero Serra.
Ventura.

Personal Observations

Ventura is not far from my home, but the first time I ever visited the mission was in 2002, a few months after marrying my wife. It is not large, but Mission San Buenaventura is an important part of the community.

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History

Mission San Buenaventura was the last mission founded by Father Junipero Serra. Originally planned to be the third mission in Alta California, midway before the first mission in San Diego and the second mission in Carmel. Because of problems at other missions, military escort was not available for twelve years. Father Junipero Serra raised a cross and celebrated mass on Easter Sunday, March 31, 1782.

The first mission church was destroyed by fire about 1794 and a new large stone church was begin. The new church was completed and dedicated in 1809. This new church was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1812 and was reinforced.

Because of an excellent climate and plentiful water from the Ventura river, carried to the mission in a seven-mile-long aqueduct, Mission San Buenaventura produced a variety of fruits, vegetables, and grains. Even exotic crops such as sugar cane, bananas, coconuts, and figs, were produced.

Following secularization in 1836, the mission was stripped of most of its property. The mission church continued to be used as a parish church. The church was restored to original appearance in 1957, removing improvements made in the 1890s.

Address and Directions

211 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001--2622

From Highway 101 north:
Exit California Street. Turn right onto California street. Turn left onto East Main Street. Proceed a few blocks and mission is on the right.

From Highway 101 south:
Exit Ventura Avenue. Proceed north to Main street. Turn right. Right turn into parkling lot before Ventura Museum. Mission is accross the street.

Photography Gallery

Church
Church front facade. Photo date: 3-7-04.
Church Interior
Church Interior. Photo date: 3-7-04.
San Buenaventura
Church. 9-28-03
Front Door
Front door of church. Photo date: 8-29-04.
Front of Church
Front of Church from across the street. Photo date: 8-29-04.
Front of Church
Front of church. Photo date: 8-29-04.
Front of Church
Front of Church from across the street. Photo date: 8-29-04.
Front of Church
Front of Church from across the street. Photo date: 8-29-04.
Bell Tower
Bell tower. Photo date: 8-29-04.
Church
Church. Photo date: 5-15-04
Front of Church
Photo date: 3-7-04.
Front of Church
Photo date: 3-7-04.
Church
Church welcoming Sunday Mass visitors. 9-28-03.
Church
Church. 9-28-03.


Altar
Interior of church. Altar. Photo date: 8-29-04.
Side Altar
Side altar. Photo date: 8-29-04.
Statue, El Camino Real bell, Chruch
Statue, El Camino Real bell, chruch. Photo date: 8-29-04.
Statue and Bell
Statue and bell. Photo date: 8-29-04.
San Buenaventura
Garden and bell tower. 11-2-02.
Garden and Bell Tower
Garden and bell tower. Photo date: 4-15-04.
Garden
Garden. Photo date: 8-29-04.
Garden
Garden. Photo date: 8-29-04.
Fountain and Bell Tower
Fountain and bell tower. Photo date: 8-29-04.
Side Door
Side door of church. Photo date: 8-29-04.
San Buenaventura
Shrine. 11-2-02.

Olive Press
Olive press. Photo date: 8-29-04.
Shrine, Grinding Wheels, Museum
Shrine, olive press, and museum (left to right). Photo date: 5-15-04.

San Buenaventura
Grinding wheel. 11-2-02.
Court Yard
Court Yard. Photot date: 5-15-04.
Flowers
Bell shaped flowers in the Mission garden. Photo date: 5-15-04.
Settling Tank
Settling Tank, part of the aqueduct System with church beyond. Photo date: 3-7-04.
Settling Tank
One of two Settling Tanks at Mission San Buenaventura. See below for the other. Photo date: 5-15-04.

Resting place for The Reverend Fathers: Vincente de Santa Maria, Jose Senan, and Francisco Suner, died between 1806 and 1831. Sometimes you need to look carefully for items like this. Photo date: 3-7-04.

Albinger Archaeological Museum

Next to Mission San Buenaventura, is Albinger Archaeological Museum. While the museum covers archaeological history going back over ten thousand years to recent, the excavations surrounding the museum are of the mission. You will see the stone foundations of two buildings that once housed the Indian workers and the stone foundations of the first church. The first church, or the forgotten church, began construction in 1787, was demolished in 1790, and rediscovered in 1974. The two Indian barracks were built later. The present church, a few steps away, is still in use and was built in 1805 to 1809. Immediately to the left of Albinger Archaeological Museum, between the Museum and modern housing units, is a walkway. Follow the walk way to the steps and climb the first set of steps. From here, you can venture right to view the ruins from the other side and see the remains of two aqueducts. If you explore about two hundred feet to the left of the top of the first steps, you will find the filter for the mission aqueduct system. There was also a lavanderia behind the filter.
Albinger Archaeological Museum viewed from across the street.

Overall Site
Overall site with Mission San Buenaventura church tower beyond. 9-28-03.
Overall Site
Overall site with Mission San Buenaventura church tower beyond. 9-28-03.
Indian Housing
Stone foundations for Indian barracks from 1804-1834. 9-28-03.
Indian Housing
Stone foundations for Indian barracks from 1804-1834. 9-28-03.
First Church
Stone foundations for First Church. Well also shown. 9-28-03.
First Church
Stone foundations for First Church. Well also shown. 9-28-03.
Aqueducts Two aqueducts are visible in this photo (foreground). One aqueduct ran to a cistern behind the church. The second aqueduct may have run to fields south of the mission. Background is the stone foundation of one of the Indian barracks.
Filter
Filter. 9-28-03.
Filter
Filter. 9-28-03.
Filter Interior
Filter interior. 9-28-03.
Filter Interior
Filter interior. 9-28-03.
Filter and Lavanderia
Filter and Lavanderia. 9-28-03.
Filter and Lavanderia
Filter and Lavanderia. 9-28-03.

Father Serra Cross

High on the hill behind Mission San Buenaventura in Grant Park, it the Father Serra Cross. These four photos were taken 3-7-04.
Father Serra Cross Father Serra Cross
Father Serra Cross Father Serra Cross
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