|Front of the Mission. Click photo to enlarge
|Indian burial marker. Click photo to enlarge
Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá
San Diego, San Diego County, California
Compiled and contributed by Steve Paul Johnson [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Total records = 5
To reach the Mission, travel south on Interstate 5 and take
Interstate 8 east. Take the Mission Gorge Road exit and turn left. Travel
down to Twain Road and turn left. The Mission lies about a half mile down
Mission San Diego de Alcalá, established by Padre Junipero Serra
on July 16, 1769, is the first of the 21 California Missions. It is
considered to be the first church ever erected in Alta California (what
is known as present day California). It also contains the oldest known
cemetery in present day California.
The cemetery is located in the Mission Courtyard, and contains the
remains of hundreds of indians who had been converted to the Catholic
faith. Names of the indians were not recorded.
In addition to the indians were buried:
Padre Luis Jayme, died November 5, 1775 at the age of 35 as
a result of casualties suffered in an indian attack.
Padre Juan Figuèr, who arrived at the Mission on November
1772, and died December 1784.
Padre Juan Mariner, who arrived at the Mission on December
1785, and died January 29, 1800.
Padre José Pinto, who arrived in San Diego on July
28, 1810, and died June 30, 1812 as a result of poisoning by an indian
Padre Fernando Martín, who began service at the Mission
on July 6, 1812, and died October 19, 1838.
Source: "San Diego de Alcalá - California's First
Mission", by I. Brent Eagen.
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