Number 12 of the missions, the original site of Santa Cruz, founded by Father Lasuen in 1791, was considered too close to the ocean and was moved to higher ground on a nearby mesa. For the next three years, the fathers were able to teach the Native Americans. Then, against the will of the fathers, a town was built to entice new settlers to the area, who, unfortunately, were fond of gambling and thievery. The increasing population was nearly the demise of the mission. Then when a pirate attack was feared and the fathers wanted to move the missions’ property inland, the nearby townspeople looted Santa Cruz and defaced its images. An earthquake in 1857 caused the adobe building to collapse. The church that can be seen today was constructed in 1889.
This ¾" thick wooden replica is handcrafted in the U.S. with colorful details. It can set neatly on a shelf, wainscoting, or window/door trim to remind you of a special place you've visited or dream of visiting someday. A short description is written on the back. Look for Casper, our black cat mascot, taking up residence within the design. This is the sign of an authentic Cat’s Meow!