Mission San Francisco Solano was the 21st, last, and northernmost mission in Alta California. It was named for Saint Francis Solanus. It was the only mission built in Alta California after Mexico gained independence from Spain. The difficulty of its beginning demonstrates the confusion resulting from that change in governance. The California Governor wanted a robust Mexican presence north of the San Francisco Bay to keep the Russians who had established Fort Ross on the Pacific coast from moving further inland. A young Franciscan friar from Mission San Francisco de Asis wanted to move to a location with a better climate and access to a larger number of potential converts.Make Mission San Francisco Solano a part of your Sonoma vacation plans using our Sonoma online travel route planner.
The Mission was successful, given its short eleven year life, but was smaller in number of converts and with lower productivity and diversity of industries than the older California missions.
The mission building is now part of the Sonoma State Historic Park and is located in the city of Sonoma, California.
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Unfortunately we were only able to see the exterior as the church was closed by the time we got to Sonoma. However, I have seen numerous other historic colonial Spanish Missions in California. This.... more
Unfortunately we were only able to see the exterior as the church was closed by the time we got to Sonoma. However, I have seen numerous other historic colonial Spanish Missions in California. This.... more »
We had no idea that this was last mission on the Mission Trail. It was a lovely stop and the courtyard was a nice place to sit and watch the birds.
We had no idea that this was last mission on the Mission Trail. It was a lovely stop and the courtyard was a nice place to sit and watch the birds. more »
It's always special to visit a California mission for the first time. The grounds and interior are very nice and the staff is most friendly. My family and I truly enjoyed this visit.
I think I've been to every mission in California. Sonoma has the furthest north mission in the chain. A well informed ranger gave me and my group a wonderful, historical overview of the mission as we entered. Really nicely done.
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