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San Fernando Things to Do

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    by Yaqui Updated May 24, 2010

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    In 1797 San Fernando Mission was established by Father Lasuen, successor to Father Serra that was one of the original four missions established creating the El Camino Real trail. The mission found life on September 8, 1797, and named for Saint Ferdinand III, King of Spain. The mission population grew due to the attraction of the fertile valley, plus it was a regular stopping place of settlers passing through or needing supplies. By 1806, they were raising cattle and producing hides, leather good, tallow and cloth. With so many travelers passing through, the father started adding onto the Convento, thus earning its nickname as the "long building" of the El Camino Real.

    By 1810, work began to build the Convento and it was completed in 1822. Sadly, the native population started to decline due to disease or those who moved on to look for work. In 1812 the mission experienced damaged from an earthquake and the father was not equipped to make all the repairs that were needed. So some of the structures fell by the wayside. The fathers struggle were not bad enough, the political upevil would soon make life at the mission even harder. When Mexico gained its independence from Spain, this part of the world would see some drastic changes. The Mexican government arrived and put Spanish Father Ibarra in charge. Many of the missions one by one fell into control of local governments. Father Ibarra left in 1835, because he could not longer stand it. It was used off and on by locals for storage. By 1847 it was finally abandon and found its self being torn apart by locals or those just looking for gold, thinking the spanish had left it behind. Floors were torn apart and the roof tiles being taken. Still the Convento being the best built held its ground. It was used as a hospice, warehouse, stable and even a hog farm.

    Finally a local Charles Fletcher Lummis knowing how important this structure was to the areas history started a campaign to save it in 1896. By 1923 it fell back into the hands of the Oblate fathers. Restoration was established until in 1971 the earthquake damaged too many of the building to repair. By 1974 much of the original mission was rebuilt.

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    by Yaqui Updated May 23, 2010

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    This little plaza is tucked away and offers a wonderful place of privacy. There is Cupid's Hot Dogs, San Fernando Library,Casita's Mexican Restaurant, UPS Store, House of Brews, San Fernando Florist Shop, and Papa's Johns Pizza. They have public restrooms, but you have to get a token from one of the businesses within the plaza.

    San Fernando Library
    217 North Maclay Avenue
    San Fernando, CA 91340-2433
    (818) 365-6928

    House of Brews
    231 N Maclay Avenue
    San Fernando, CA 91340

    Papa John's Pizza
    235 N Maclay Ave,
    San Fernando, CA 91340
    (818) 837-7272

    La Casita Restaurant
    227 N Maclay Ave
    San Fernando, CA 91340
    (818) 361-4748
    (818) 365-8788

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    by Yaqui Written May 23, 2010

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    Part of this lovely memorial is a 100 foot mural that is like a timeline of events when Cesar was fighting for the rights of all farm workers. It was designed by Ignacio Gomez.

    For those who are not familiar with Ceasar Chavez he was a civil rights leader who founded the United Farm Workers. It was established to protect the rights of migrant farm workers who for so long suffered outrages long hours, terrible working conditions, living conditions, little pay and being exposed to harmfull pesticides. He dedicated his life to his people and used non violence to send a message of peace and understanding of the cause. They have a Ceasar Chavez Education and Retreat Center in Keene dedicated to the memory of him too so its not the only memorial to him.

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    City of San Fernando
    117 Macneil Street
    San Fernando, CA 91340

    These folks were murdered on the picket lines.
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San Fernando Restaurants

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    by Yaqui Written May 23, 2010

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    My son Nate loves hot dogs so we decided to find a place just for him. This little establishment is located with a little shopping plaza, so to find it you will have to look for the name plate. It seems to be a favorite of locals and it was quite busy that day. Service was good and the hot dogs were pretty good. It is a very small place, so you will probably find yourself outside in the patio area. Neat little area too by the way, with lots of shade.

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San Fernando Shopping

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    by Yaqui Written May 23, 2010

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    This area was very popular with the local. Lots of mom and pop shops to stroll along and look at. I like to window shop myself, it saves me money that way:)

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