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These 7 Breathtaking Missions In Northern California Are Loaded With History

Did you know there are 21 Spanish missions in California? The majority are in southern California, which makes the few up our way even more special. These missions were built between 1769 and 1833 to promote Christianity among the Native Americans. The Franciscan Order of Catholic priests built and lived in these historical structures to cultivate relationships with natives and convert them to the Christian faith. These same Spanish priests used their land and mission homes to introduce Spanish fruits and vegetables. These same missions are now some of the oldest historical buildings in our state today. Here are a few you may not even know are in our part of the state.

If you love history then you must take a little road trip and visit a few of these gems. We’ve adopted a few that may not be considered from “true Norcal” places, but they deserve to be claimed and we will happily oblige for sake of all they’ve done to bring our past to life.

Joanne Kraft
Joanne is a fourth-generation Northern Californian. She knows good sour dough bread when she tastes it and understands the best parts of the Golden State are nowhere near Los Angeles.