San Juan Capistrano

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The legendary swallows aren't the only annual returnees to San Juan Capistrano. The great coastal mission draws more than 500,000 visitors a year into the southern reaches of Orange County. The most famous of all the missions in the California system established in the 18th century by Franciscan friar Junipero Serra, Mission San Juan Capistrano still contains the Serra Chapel, the oldest church in California, and the only building still standing where the good padre celebrated mass. But San Juan Capistrano is more than its well-known mission. Its epic story encompasses the rancho days and land barons, California statehood, the arrival of the San Diego Freeway in 1958, city incorporation in 1961, and recent growth from 10,000 residents in 1974 to 34,000 in 2004.
ISBN: 9780738530444
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Pamela Hallan-Gibson, whose books include Orange County: The Golden Promise and Two Hundred Years in San Juan Capistrano, and archivists Don Tryon and Mary Ellen Tryon of the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society have collaborated to present the society's remarkable vintage images and the city and mission's colorful history with detail and exactitude.
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