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Mission San Francisco Solano (Sonoma Mission)
Sonoma, California

Originally an assistencia (sub-mission), San Francisco Solano became a full-fledged mission in 1823, partly to counter Russian influence in western Sonoma county. It was the northernmost of the missions, the last one to be founded, and the only one established in the Mexican period. It was never very large or successful, and fell into ruins after the missions were secularized in 1826. A new chapel was built by Mariano Vallejo to serve the people of Sonoma. One partly original wing of the mission quadrangle now serves as the mission museum and gallery for the watercolor paintings of missions by Chris Jorgenson.

In California fourth grade social studies focuses on the history and geography of California, with special emphasis on the missions. I vividly remember a field trip to Sonoma when I was ten years old - the mission, the plaza, and General Vallejo's home.


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End of the Mission Trail at Sonoma Mission

End of the Mission Trail at Sonoma Mission

The end of the Mission Trail, El Camino Real, at Sonoma Mission.

Sonoma State Historic Park, Sonoma, California

Date photographed: November 9, 2011
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Jorgensen Watercolor Room at Sonoma Mission

Jorgensen Watercolor Room at Sonoma Mission

The amazing series of watercolor paintings of the California Missions by Chris Jorgenson.

Sonoma State Historic Park, Sonoma, California

Date photographed: November 9, 2011
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Inside the Chapel at Sonoma Mission

Inside the Chapel at Sonoma Mission

Inside the chapel built on the site of Mission Sonoma by General Vallejo.

Sonoma State Historic Park, Sonoma, California

Date photographed: November 9, 2011
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Fountain at Sonoma Mission

Fountain at Sonoma Mission

A fountain recreates something of the ambiance of a mission courtyard at Sonoma Mission.

Sonoma State Historic Park, Sonoma, California

Date photographed: November 9, 2011
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