San Miguel Mission

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The San Miguel Mission was the 16th mission and was founded on July 25, 1797.

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The San Miguel mission is located eight miles north of Paso Robles on U.S. Highway 101.


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San Miguel Mission
San Miguel Mission
(Source: Library of Congress)

The San Miguel Mission was founded on July 25, 1797 by Father Lasuen. The mission was intended to extend the missions inland. A fire partially destroyed the structure in 1806. The new church was completed in 1818. The mission produced agriculture and livestock. It also had a vineyard for producing wine.

After secularization, most of the property was given to the natives. The buildings were sold and over the years were used as a residence, a tavern and a store. Today the mission serves as a parish church maintained by resident priests and its members.

This drawing shows the bell-post and corridor at the San Miguel Mission.


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