This path leads to the vegetable garden, pig pen, blacksmith shop, spring house and water system.
Each California mission was managed by two Franciscan padres. One oversaw the administration and business affairs, while the other handled spiritual matters.
Ship's captains, furt trappers, and travelers often stayed at the mission. Luxurious rooms, good meals, and friendly conversations were trademarks of the padres' hospitality.
Mission inhabitants and visitors could trade their goods or services for everyday items and, occasionally, an imported luxury item.
As ranch manager, the mayordomo was resposible for the mission's livestock and farms. A retired soldier might mill this position while waiting for his promised land grant.
Using burro power, olives were ground in the mill. The mash was placed in cloth bags and squeezed in the screw press to produce olive oil.
This skilled craftsman taught the Indians spinning and weaving. As manager of the mission's wool industry, he worked for room, board, and a smally salary.
The courtyard was the work area of the mission. Here, mission Indians prepared meals, made soap, carded wool and performed many other tasks of daily life.
The apartment of a married soldiers stationed on Spain's New World frontier contained very few luxuries.
The highest ranking officer at the mission received orders from the presidio (fort) in Santa Barbara. His commander decided if the soldiers would cooperate with the pastres.
The mission Padres taught the Chumash Indians how to make soap from beef tallow and lye. The small aqueduct drained the waste water from the vat.
In comparison to other California missions, La Purisima, for the most part, is low profile and down to earth. The bell tower is the only part of its architecture that tries to be grand.
The buildings of Mission La Purisima are adobe painted red and white. As you can see in the photo, they were not built with great precision but give you a sense of simplicity.
Very relaxing place to walk or sit and have a picnic. The most fully restored mission in California! Just an all around great place to visit for tourists and residents alike.
Located on the grounds of Vandenberg Air Force Base. It has oustanding rollers, pristine location, and an Amtrack Station to boot.