#350:  Mission de La Purisima Concepcion (Site of)

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St. Thomas Indian Mission, Indian Hill on Quechan Dr, Fort Yuma, 1 mi S of Winterhaven





State Plaque


Plaque on the back of the Garces statue.

From the plaque:

In October 1780, Father Francisco Garcés and companions began Mission La Purísima Concepción. The mission/pueblo site was inadequately supported. Colonists ignored Indian rights, usurped the best lands, and destroyed Indian crops. Completely frustrated and disappointed, the Quechans (Yumas) and their allies destroyed Concepción on July 17-19, 1781.

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Quechan Tribal Council, the Catholic Archdiocese of San Diego, Imperial Valley Pioneers and Squibob Chapter, E Clampus VItus, October 9, 1982.

©2009 David Schmitt