Santa Barbara County
Historical Markers


Historical Marker #309 - Santa Barbara Mission - Santa Barbara, CA

Source: Santa Barbara Mission Image Gallery

2201 Laguna Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Mission webpage:

N 34 26.293 W 119 42.782

Santa Barbara Mission was founded December 4, 1786. Portions of five units of its extensive waterworks, built by Indian labor and preserved in this part, are a filter house, Spanish gristmill, sections of aqueducts, and two reservoirs, the larger of which, built in 1806, is used today as part of the city water system. The fountain and lavadero are nearby, in front of the mission, and a dam built in 1807 is located in the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, one and one-half miles up Mission Canyon. Only ruins remain of the mission's pottery kiln, guard house, and tanning vats.

(Click the pictures for a larger view.)

Santa Barbara Mission Image Gallery


This page was last updated July 26, 2009.