Discover the Rich History of Mission Dolores San Francisco

Mission Dolores - 16th Street at Dolores Street
Mission Dolores – 16th Street at Dolores Street


Mission Dolores San Francisco is one of twenty-one Spanish Missions, located along California’s El Camino Real, aka. The Royal Highway. If you were reared in Cali, no doubt, you studied (and forgot?) this California history in grammar school. (We didn’t have New Jersey history when I was in elementary school and then, I missed Texas history by a year when we moved to Texas. No, “Remember the Alamo!” for me. Good thing, Texans tend to throw their history in whenever possible so I was able to absorb quite a bit of Lone Star pride, especially in retrospect. Wait, did I go off-topic? Sorry.)

Let’s take a quick jaunt down memory lane and explore the history of Mission Dolores, whose epicenter is 16th Street at Dolores Street. Courtesy of Stephanie Wright Hession and SFGate.com.

“Mission Dolores, 16th Street, S.F.: In the Mission District, an ornate basilica stands next to a simple, white adobe church at Misión San Francisco de Asís, better known as Mission Dolores. The mission was founded in 1776 by Father Francisco Palou and built by Ohlone Indians. A self-guided tour leads visitors to the elaborate altar of the church sanctuary, the stained-glass windows of the basilica, a cemetery and more.”

– Stephanie Wright Hession, 96hours@sfchronicle.com

To read the rest of the article on San Francisco’s Misión San Francisco de Asís, check out the SFGate article.

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