Today's entertainment for John, Mary, Corwin, Georgia and I was to check out Misión la Purísima Concepción de María Santísima down near Lompoc.
Misión la Purísima Concepción de María Santísima (Mission of the Immaculate Conception of Most Holy Mary) was founded by Father Presidente Fermin de Lasuén on December 8, 1787. It was the 11th of 21 Franciscan Missions established in Alta California.
A major earthquake on December 21, 1812, destroyed many of the mission buildings. Father Mariano Payeras received permission to relocate the mission community four miles to the northeast in La Cañada de los Berros, next to El Camino Real. La Purísima Mission was officially established in its new location on April 23, 1813. Materials salvaged from the buildings destroyed by the earthquake were used to construct the new buildings, which were completed within ten years.
That mission was eventually abandoned and allowed to go to ruin. A fire took off the roof, and the occasional rain "melted" the original adobe construction. In the 1930s the CCC reconstonstructed the buildings using largely original techniques (there is concrete and rebar in the foundation).
swallows at San Juan Capistrano, the swallows at Purisima are not considered miraculous.
Western Branded Skipper is the closest fit to the skippers supposed to be in Santa Barbara County. I'll send the picture to BOMA for an expert opinion.