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Mission San Antonio de Padua

Mission San Antonio de Padua 

This year we explored Mission San Antonio, after passing the turnoff for the four years that our daughter was at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Mission San Antonio is off the beaten track, on Fort Hunter-Liggett, and you have to go through a military checkpoint to get there. Land for the fort was purchased in 1940 from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. In the 1940’s, the Hearst Foundation donated $50,000 for repair of the Mission. The turnoff from Highway 101 onto Jolon Road is near King City (which is the nearest city and almost 29 miles away from the Mission), and the turnoff from Jolon Road to Mission Road is within Fort Hunter Liggett.

The Mission has the remnants of barrackswaterworks, a Native American cemetery, an interior garden, and many other features (including a wine cellar) that make the Mission well worth the trip. The interior of the chapel is quite beautiful, and the feline companionship would make a Cheshire Cat quite comfortable.

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