National Register of Historic Places. Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park contains the only remaining Native American family housing from the mission era. They are the oldest buildings in Santa Cruz county. The mission church building and adjoining museum are a one third scale replica built in 1931 near the original foundations one block from the State Historic Park buildings.
Santa Cruz was the twelfth mission, founded August 28, 1791 by Fr. Lasuén. The church and quadrangle were built 1793-1795. The seven room adobe building within Santa Cruz SHP was constructed in 1824. Mission Santa Cruz is popularly referred to as "e;the bad luck mission,"e; because it suffered a flood, two strong earthquakes, and attack by pirates.
Immediate and Long-Term Funding Needs:
- Restoration of mission gardens with native plants.
- Clean and conserve mission artwork and artifacts located in mission museum.
- Repair stairway leading from mission adobe to downtown
- Signage to increase public interest and visitation to
to the Mission
From CA-17 South:
Exit CA-1 toward Half Moon Bay. Merge onto
CA-1 north. Turn left onto Mission Street. Turn left onto Emmett
Street. The mission sits on the corner of Emmett and High Street.
(Santa Cruz County)