The Missions Today

Heinrichs, Ann
January 2002
California Missions (0-7565-0208-X);2002, p12
California became the thirty-first state in the United States in the year 1850. Soon, more Americans moved there and the mission lands were divided up even further. The buildings in the mission compounds became homes, offices, barns, and storehouses. Finally, in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln ordered all the mission churches and grounds to be returned to the Roman Catholic Church. Today, many of the old mission buildings have been rebuilt or restored. The mission at San Juan Capistrano is probably the most famous California mission.


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