Lompoc Travel Guide

  • Lompoc
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  • Things to Do
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Lompoc Things to Do

  • Purple Sage~

    Cleveland & Purple Sage was used for body rub to hide hunters scent. I imagine it was used a lot back then:)

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  • Padre's Rodriguez Room~

    This was Padre's Rodriguez's room. What was neat, is the Ranger had unlocked the door so we could explore the room first hand and let us go thru the door to the missions trade store (Tienda), which was just next door. Pretty cool!

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  • La Purisma Mission Church~

    Franciscan Father Mariano Payeras' served this mission from 1804 until his death in 1823. He supervised the relocation and rebuilding of La Purisima after the 1812 earthquakes. He also served a El Presidente and Comisario Prefecto of the Alth California Missions.Father Mariano Payeras is buried near the alter.There are many antique pieces within...

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  • California Mission System Sign~

    Each mission of the California Mission System was designed to be a complete community. The farms and workshops were capable of providing for the needs of 1,000 or more residents. In 1820, La Purisma Mission's population was 874, including Franciscan padres, soldiers, skilled, craftsmen, and Chumash Indicans.

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  • Foot Bridge~

    I'll take you on the tour as I ventured through the mission.Across the 1st footbridge lies California's eleventh mission and a glimpse of life during the 1820's. The Civilian Conservation Corps restored the buildings and grounds between 1934 - 1941. We hope you enjoy your visit to the past.

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  • The Riddle of the Footprints

    Can you interpret the story that the footprints in this walk are telling about the history of La Purisma Mission.Notice that the impressions are different. Starting to the right there are footprints left by someone who was barefoot (picture 1). The next person wore hard soled shoes or boots (picture 2). Notice also that some of the people were...

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  • Infirmaries~Enfermerias

    Men and women were cared for in separate hospital buildings. Women with knowledge of healing herbs were hired to cure the sick. Unfortunately, without resistance to European diseases, and with changes in diet and living conditions, many Chumash Indians suffered and died.

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  • Girls Monjerio

    Young Indian girls past the age of eleven, but not yet married came to live in the monjerio or girls dormintory. Here they were taught to cook, sew, spin, and weave. Then their daily tasks were completed they might visit their families, but at night they were confined to the monjerio.

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  • Barracks~Cuartel

    This is where the soldiers lived, ate, and slept while serving at the mission.Do you see the colorful shield on the wall, its is a turtle shell.

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  • Texas Longhorns~

    A Short HistoryThe cattle of the world, regardless of their wide and diverse body types and color patterns, are believed to originate from Bos indicus (the humped cattle of Asia) or Bos taurus (the wild cattle of Europe). Annals of history trace the movement of African cattle accompanying the Moors to Spain and their evolution into many cattle...

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  • Fountain~Fuente

    Using gravity flow, drinking and cooking water came in closed, clay underground pipes from the Springs House. Excess water went to the lavanderia (to the left) for washing clothes. The soapy water drained into the cistern, cleared, then traveled by aqueduct for irrigation.

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  • Indian Lavanderia~Laundry

    Unlike the Europeans, the Chumash Indians enjoyed bathing. This lavanderia provided a clothes washing and bathing area for the residents of the Indian Apartments and Tule Village.What is sad, is the most of the mission lavanderia's water features use to have a some type of sculpture face. Over the years these have faded. I noticed that many have...

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  • Tule House~Chumash home

    This beautifully crafted tule house represents the artisanship of the Chumash. 120 plus hours of hard physical labor has gone into harvesting the tule alone. This was done carefully to produce the finest quality of craftmanship. Over 100 willows were harvested by 4 volunteers who carried the downed lumber through poison oak! This building will be...

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  • Trail

    This path leads to the vegetable garden, pig pen, blacksmith shop, spring house and water system.

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  • Padre's Payera's Room~Cuarto del Padre

    Each California mission was managed by two Franciscan padres. One oversaw the administration and business affairs, while the other handled spiritual matters.

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  • Guest Room~Cuarto para Visitas

    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.

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  • La Sala~Living Room

    The two padres, eager for news of the outside world and trade relations, received visitors annd guests here. Occasionally, Chumash Indians were allowed to entertain with their traditional songs and dances.

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  • Unfinished Room~Cuarto sin Terminar

    The Civilian Conservation Corps left his room to show how the original and reconstructed walls are bonded together and reinforced with modern concrete. The CCC used original building methods to achieve the proper look and feel of the mission.

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  • Mission Store~La Tienda de la Mision'

    Mission inhabitants and visitors could trade their goods or services for everyday items and, occasionally, an imported luxury item.

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  • Leather Shop~Taller de Pieles

    Rawhide ties are used on the roof beams and are made into reatas (ropes), bolsas(pouches), and soldiers shields. Tanned rawhide become leather which is used for shoes, saddles, and harnesses.

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  • Padres Chapel~

    The Padre's Residence Building contains the padre's home, office, and chapel, along with guest quarters, leather shop, and the hide room, the space where much of the Mission's wealth was protected.When the main church was unusable, they would hold service here.

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  • Great Budget Breakfast

    The Lompoc Restaurant is like a mom-and-pop version of IHOP. The wait staff was helpful and friendly, a refreshing change from the folks in Los Angeles. The food was cheap... and it was delicious. The portions are not big, but definitely filling. This is a great local find. Ham & eggs... you can't go wrong with that!

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  • Not only the best in Lompoc......

    This is Lompoc's Finest, and one of Santa Barbara County's best Italian eateries. They server wonderful Italian standards and have great specials. John's creme soups are to die for. Faith's deserts are...oh my God! Get some! John's Special Pasta is delicious. What the heck, it's all good. Have a Sunstone Merlot with dinner!

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    by Yaqui Written Dec 27, 2011

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    This building served as the Women's Hospital (Enfermeria). Using a combination of native and introduced medicines, the Spanish missionaries and skilled Native Americans tried to ease the variety of sufferings.

    This building serves as the gift shop.

    Tienda Hours
    Open Daily
    11:00 Am to 4:00PM

    Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day and Mondays, except Holidays.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Road Trip

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Lompoc Warnings and Dangers

  • by ECARPIO Written Aug 26, 2002

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    If you come to Lompoc to visit Surf Beach/Ocean. Please be aware that certain areas of the beach is restricted due to a itty bitty bird (Snowy Plover). As of this post there is already 15 violations, 25 and the complete access to the beach is closed until late September. If you choose to go in the water never go alone, there are dangerous undertoes/currents.

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Lompoc Tourist Traps

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    by mht_in_la Written Nov 29, 2004

    The State Park authority is building a huge, grand visitor center at the Mission entrance. What a disappointment. The new building looks so modern that it doesn't fit into the overall landscape at all. I didn't take a picture.

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Lompoc Off The Beaten Path

  • by ECARPIO Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The Lompoc Valley Historical Society is often overlooked and neglected as a tourist attraction. Due to it only being open 2 days a week for a couple of hours and the last Sunday of each month may be a leading reason. There's loads of information, photos, wagons and other historical items to view as well as the main house which was built back in 1875.

    Location: 207 North L Street, Lompoc California
    Phone: 805.735.4626

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