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Early photo circa 1830

Mission San Diego de Alcala

Founded by Junipero Serra in July 16, 1769. Named for Saint Didacus of San Nicolas del Puerto, Spain (San Diego de Acala de Henares, "Teacher of Divine Precepts"). The Padre Jayne became California's martyr priest when he was slain in the indian rebellion that resulted in the destruction of original mission. The mission was moved five and half miles east to its present site and rebuilt in 1776. The base of the belfry and the bells are of the original mission. Occupied by the U.S. Army, 1850-1862. Current structures were restored in 1931.


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