San Gabriel Travel Guide

  • San Gabriel
    by Yaqui
  • San Gabriel
    by Yaqui
  • San Gabriel
    by Yaqui

San Gabriel Things to Do

  • San Gabriel Veterans War Memorial

    Be it known by all who read these words that this Veterans War Memorial is dedicated to those men and women from San Gabriel who so gallantly served their country in times of national peril.City of San Gabriel 50th Anniversary SealDedicated April 24, 1963, The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Incorporation of the City of San GabrielDedication...

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  • Early California Mural & Plaque

    Located on the fence of the Mission Arts Center. The plaque reads:The 72 foot mural depicts life in early California with scenes of Native Americans, Francisan Padres and Senoritas. It was painted over a period of three months. Images projected against the wall at night provided the basic outline necessary to complete the painting during the day....

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  • Old Grapevine

    The Old Grapevine holds a small segment of the original vine whose trellised branches once covered 10,000 square feet. It was a popular local gathering place where refreshments were served under the vine. Started as a cutting from the “Mother Vine” at the Mission, many local vineyards began from cuttings of this vine.The San Gabriel Winery was...

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  • Mission Playhouse

    The plaque reads: The Mission Playhouse, now the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium, was built by John Steven McGroaty to present his epic Mission Play. The play told the story of the California Missions and the lives of the people around them. Beginning in 1912, it drew people from all over the world to San Gabriel. The Playhouse was planned and...

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  • Hayer House & Old Jail Museum

    The plaque reads:The Victorian house was built in 1887 for Reverend George Finley Bovard who later became the fourth president of the University of Southern California.Milton Scott Wilson purchased the house in 1893. He served as Justice of the Peace for the San Gabriel Township and many weddings took place n his parlor. In 1904. his daughter, Mary...

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  • Plaza Park

    In the center of the park is the Bicentennial Fountain built in 1976 to celebrate our nation’s 200th birthday. The Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail comes through San Gabriel. There are so many wonderful plaques in the Plaza Park marking Juan Bautista De Anza arrival. East end, commemorates his 1774 exploratory trip through uncharted...

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  • Mission San Gariel Arcangel 1771

    Founded in 1771, San Gabriel Mission is the 4th mission established in the Franciscan chain of 21 California Missions. This mission is very different from the other Missions, as is its construction of stone, brick and mortar instead of adobe, and its Spanish-Moorish style of architecture. When you walkin the compound, you can see how life was lived...

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  • Arcade Shops 1920's

    Built as the Temple Block, the arcades now shelter interesting shops and businesses. The corner building was the San Gabriel Post Office in the 1920’s. A plaque commemorating the July 30, 1994 dedication of the Mission District Project is located in frontof the Arcade Plaza.

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  • City Hall 1922

    The site of the present City Hall was donated to the City in 1922 by Walter P.Temple. His father, Francis Pliny Fiske Temple, traveled by ship “Around the Horn” to California in 1841 to join his brother who had opened the first mercantile store in Los Angeles. Francis later married Margarita Workman. Her father,William Workman, organized with James...

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  • First Bank Building 1913

    Soon after our incorporation as a city in 1913, this building was constructed for the Bank of San Gabriel, which was later sold to California Bank. Since 1969, it has been used by the San Gabriel Fine Arts Association for art shows, workshops,classes, and the display of artwork. This is a restaurant now, please see my restaurant review of this...

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  • The Sacristy

    The sacristy is the best preserved of all the Mission. It is also still in use today.Walls, floor and vaulted ceilings are all original.The chest of drawers is also original and very unique. it is completely made withoutnails. The mirror and frame are all original as well.

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  • San Gabriel Mission - Water Cistern

    The water cistern looks more like a well and it has been filled along time ago. One of the fathers filled it up in order to "prevent accidents".It is the original and it is fifteen feet deep, with both sides and the bottom made of stones and mortar.

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  • Soap and Tallow Vats

    At one time the San Gabriel Mission supplied soap and candles to most of the other missions. The four large cisterns or boilers had edges that had a lining of sheet iron which was eight to ten inches thick.

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  • San Gabriel Mission - the Kitchen

    This is a rebuilt kitchen and is a replica used in early mission days and in Spain. All the foundations here are original.

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  • San Gabriel - Court of the Missions

    The Court of the Missions is an area of the missions where you can find a model of all 21 missions in the order that they were built.( by year). They were made by Claretian clergy.

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  • Peace Garden - Anchor

    The 99 ton top sail schopner was built here in the Mission.Metal was cut off the anchor to make tools and other metal items. The Cannon can also be found here. It was found after a flood in 1914 in a nearby river.

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  • Peace Garden - Our Lady of Guadalupe

    In the Peace Garden, area of the Mission you will find a hand made tile picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Theres also a bench surrounded by beautiful flowers to meditate, think or to pray. The Peace Garden is very peacful and very beautiful.

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  • The Aqueduct

    This was the main source of water in the Mission. The water was pipedfrom here with crude firedclay pipes to the laundry, kitchen and other areas.

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  • The Quadrangle Patio

    The statue of Father Junipero Serra was erected for the 150th anniversary of the Missions Founding. The grapevines in this area were planted in 1860.The baked tiles, building foundations, and bases of pillars are originals. The tiles were started in 1803 and soon they reached 300feet west and 600feet north.

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  • San Gabriel - Winery

    The foundations, floor, and vats are the originals. In this room they made wine and olive oil. At one time San Gabriel Mission was the largest winery in California.

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  • The Mission Museum

    The museum was built in 1812 of adobe brick with a tiles roof. Originally it wasnt a museum it was a series of weaving rooms, granary, carpenter shops and sleeping quarters for the mission fathers.In the museum you can see important artifacts like a rosewood organ brought over from Spain in 1821 and priceless books dating back to 1489.

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  • San Gabriel Mission - Baptistry

    As you go into the church and toward the front you will see a door and room to the right. This is the Baptistry. It is a small room with an original domed ceiling, floor and walls. Inside are thr original hand hammered copper baptismal font and silver baptismal shell that was brought over from Spain in 1771 and which are still being used today.

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  • San Gabirel Mission - Crucifix

    "Outstanding is the Crucifix" is a memorial to the 6,000 plus Indians that are buried in this mission. Rededicated in 1939, the cemetery is now also the final restinf place for the Claretian Priests and brothers who have worked here.

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  • San Gabriel Mission - Campo Santo...

    This is the oldest Cemetery in Los Angeles County. The walls surrounding this area were built in 1940 but the foundations are original.In 1778, the first Indian was buried here. The Indians who lived and worked in the mission became to be known as the Gabrielinos.

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San Gabriel Hotels

San Gabriel Restaurants

  • Chinese and Asian Seafood Restaurant (2)

    part two of my tips with more pictures.Newport Seafood Tan Cang is one of the more popular Chinese Seafood Restaurants along the great mall of China Row in San Gabriel and is a favorite of Los Angelenos Locals who want to partake of fresh, hot of the aquarium seafoods galore of Chinese and Asian Seafood Dishes, they have an extensive selction of...

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  • Chinese and Asian Seafood Restaurant

    Newport Seafood Tan Cang is one of the more popular Chinese Seafood Restaurants along the great mall of China Row in San Gabriel and is a favorite of Los Angelenos Locals who want to partake of fresh, hot of the aquarium seafoods galore of Chinese and Asian Seafood Dishes, they have an extensive selction of Seafood, meat and veggie dishes and on...

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  • Terrible Service!

    We were recommended to eat here by the nice gentleman who is life long volunteer at the mission. I was suffering from possible heatstroke and was needing water right away and the very young male waiter didn't seem it was important to get us water right away, because he took his sweet time. Strike 1. Then they took forever to take our order. Strike...

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San Gabriel Off The Beaten Path

  • Docents~Frank Fantz

    What would beautiful historical places be without the dedication and love of their communities. Mr. Frantz was giving out beautiful flowers to the mothers since it was Mothers Day:)Here is an article:SAN GABRIEL - John Fantz volunteers every weekend at Mission San Gabriel.It's a sort of homecoming.Fantz, whose lived in Whittier his entire 75 years...

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  • Old Kitchen

    This kitchen is a replica of the original old kitchen built by the Franciscan and Gabrielino Indians, but destroyed by fire in the early days. Meals for the friars and Spanish soldiers were prepared here. Fr. Ramon Catalan, C.M.F., thinking of a typical kitchen of the Franciscan era, designed this kitchen after his grandmother's own, where he was...

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  • Court of the Missions

    Court of the Mission Models includes 21 mission models made in the 1930's by Claretian Missionaries, and a sun dial with 21 native plants next to it, representing 21 missions in California.428 S. Mission Drive San Gabriel, CA 91776 From I-210/EXIT 28 Sierra Madre BL/Altadena Dr/Stay straight on Corson St/1st RT N Altadena Dr/2nd RT N Sierra Madre...

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