Just a few miles north of Paso Robles, in the middle of the Hunter-Liggett Military Base, lies the most remote mission in California. Mission San Antonio de Padua was the 3rd mission build by Father Junipero Serra, the Franciscan priest who founded the first nine of the 21 Spanish missions between San Francisco and San Diego.
A Brief History
The site was chosen specifically due to the large number of Salinan Indians that inhabited the area, whom the Spanish priests wanted to christianize. The story says that in his zeal to continue north and establish more missions, Padre Junipero Serra hang what was to be the church bell on an oak tree and after a short Mass of dedication, left Padres Buenaventura Sitjar and Miguel Pieras to build the mission. The construction lasted a couple of years (1771-1773).
Between 1801 and 1805 the mission enjoyed a lot of prosperity. There were about 1,300 Indians working on the premises, in the wool spinning shop, the tannery, the carpenter shop, or at the stables. In 1834, after taking over California, Mexico decided to end the mission and sell the land. But after the Spanish left, the Indians couldn’t take care of the mission and the value of the Continue Reading