#342:  Site of Mission Santa Cruz

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Plaza Park, NE corner of Emmet and Mission Sts, Santa Cruz





State Plaque



From the Guidebook:

Mision la Exaltación de la Santa Cruz, the 12th Franciscan Mission, was consecrated by Father Fermín Lasuén in August 1791. In 1793 the adobe church was built where the Holy Cross Catholic Church is now located. The mission was damaged by several earthquakes and finally collapsed in 1857. Plaza Park is located at the center of the mission complex which contained 32 buildings at the time of its secularization in 1834, the last building remains on School Street.

2009 David Schmitt