History Related Websites
Juan Bautista Plan
History of the San
San Juan de Castro
The Gavilan Peak Affair
Castro House Today
El Camino Real
The San Juan Bautista Historical Society Luck Museum is
open Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. & by appointment.
Phone: (831) 623-2001.
View photos of the city's original land patent:
full document or
Old Mission San Juan Bautista
Founded in 1797 by Father Fermin de Lausen,
successor to Junipero Serra, mission San
Juan Bautista is the 15th of the 21
California Missions. Host to thousands of
tourists each year Old Mission San Juan is
an active Catholic Parish.
San Juan Bautista State Historic Park
The San Juan Bautista State Historical Park
sponsors an Early Days Celebration each year
which is always held in June on Fathers Day
weekend. The park also celebrates the First
Saturday of each month as a Living History
Celebration with activities conducted by
docents including spinning, candle making,
dancing, loom weaving and much more.
Sponsored by the Plaza History Association,
Juan Bautista De Anza National Trail
Walking/biking/horseback riding trail
National Register of Historic Places - NRIS
The National Register Information System (NRIS)
is a database of places listed in or
determined eligible for the National
Register of Historic Places. To see the NRIS
list of structures located in San Juan
Bautista, click on the link above, enter CA
(in the State field) and San Juan Bautista
(in the City field), then click the Execute
The National Park Service Cultural Resources
The National Park Service is pleased to
announce the web publication of
"Law and the Historic Preservation
Commission: What Every Member Needs to
Know." Please click on the link above then
click on the title at the "New" flag. This
publication provides a "plain English"
introduction to the basic legal concepts and
issues that preservation commissioners may
encounter. There are four other issues in
this series available both on-line and in
of the San Juan Area
Prior to the Spanish occupation of
California, the Sun Juan Valley was the home
of the Mutsun Indians. One of their village
sites was on the eastern edge of San Juan
Bautista. The Mutsun built the
beehive-shaped huts of willow and coarse
The men were hunters, and made spear points
and arrowheads from chert and obsidian; the
women gathered acorns, berries, and seeds
that they ground in stone mortars. They also
made the baskets that served the Mutsun in a
variety of ways for storing food, trapping
fish, carrying loads, leaching acorns, even
boiling, by dropping hot rocks into water in
tightly woven baskets.
In the mild climate, the women usually wore
only a pair of aprons. The men often went
naked, but both sexes wore cloaks of rabbit
skin in winter.
The Mutsun enjoyed ball games, field hockey,
dice games, gambling, singing, and dancing.
They made music with bird's bone whistles,
flutes and rattles.
The last full-blooded Mutsun Indian died in
January 1930. She is buried in the Indian
Cemetery beside the old Mission church.
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