California Mission San Fernando Rey - Paper Model Project Kit

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Free History For Your Report

Mission San Fernando Rey de EspanaĀ (Ferdinand II of Castile)

A brief history

The Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana is the 17th mission founded in California. It was founded onĀ September 8th, 1797 by Friar Fermin Lasuen. Named for King Ferdinand III, king of Castile and LeonĀ around 1230 A.D. He fought the Moors with great success and built churches in the conquered areas.Ā He is noted for founding Spainā€™s University of Salamanca in 1243. He died in 1252.

Located in a spacious valley named Santa Catalina de Bononia de los Encinos (St. Catherine ofĀ Bolognaā€™s Valley of the Live Oaks). The valley had four springs that flowed strong, thus influencingĀ the friarā€™s decision to build here, between the Missions in San Gabriel and San Buenaventura. DonĀ Francisco Reyes, the alcalde of the Los Angeles, supposedly owned the property. Since the propertyĀ was really owned by the Mission San Gabriel, he was removed and the padres took over his ranch houseĀ as living quarters.

The first small chapel was raised within two months. Soon a granary, a storeroom and a weaving roomĀ were in operation. A year later a new church had to be built to accommodate the growing population.Ā Seven years after itā€™s founding, there were over a thousand converts being housed on the property. InĀ 1806, a third church was dedicated and completed. On December 21, 1812 the earthquake hit that shookĀ the church. It was found to be necessary to install thirty new beams and a new buttress to support theĀ building. These repairs allowed it to survive additional earthquakes over the years.

At its peak in 1819, Mission San Fernando had over 30,000 grapevines and a wine factory. In addition toĀ the wine they had a large trade in hides and tallow. There were more than 21,000 head of livestock. TheĀ natives became skilled in leather working. They made shoes, clothes and saddles for their own use andĀ for trading. In addition, they made large quantities of rawhide strips that were used in building. SinceĀ spikes and nails were rare, pieces of rawhide were used to tie structures together.

In 1846, Governor Pico made San Fernando his headquarters before abandoning it to the United StatesĀ Army under the command of Colonel Fremont. Just before the American occupation, Governor PicoĀ sold most of the buildings to the Pueblo of Los Angeles. Eventually the buildings fell into disrepair andĀ were damaged by vandalism. After secularization the roof tiles were removed from the mission for useĀ in other buildings, leaving the adobe walls unprotected. After gold was discovered on a remote rancheroĀ of the mission, rumors persisted for years that more gold was buried by the padres, eager treasureĀ seekers dug up the church floor seeking the buried gold.

In 1861 the buildings were returned to the Church, but little was left. The only building that survivedĀ was the large adobe building that was alternately called the Mission House, the Long Building, theĀ Monastery and the Hospice. It was a huge building and many travelers mistook it for the mission itself.Ā In 1896 it was used as a hog farm.

In August of 1916, the Landmarks Club turned their attention to Mission San Fernando. In order toĀ restore the roof to the church before it completely collapsed, they sold candles for a dollar apiece andĀ raised $6,000 to begin the restoration. Since then the mission has been gradually restored and while farĀ from complete, it is a beautiful place filled with history. Its close proximity to Hollywood has allowed itĀ to be used for many movie location shootings.

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