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Lompoc Mission Vieja Complex

by Justin M. Ruhge

A

Rendering by Karan Foster of the Lompoc Mission Vieja Com-

plex is shown above. The Lompoc first Spanish Mission was

established by Father Lasuen in December 1787 from the Santa

Barbara Presidio which had been established in 1782 by Spanish King

Carlos III. This large mission complex and its many ranchos prospered,

as shown above, until an earthquake in 1812 leveled it as well as killing

O

ne of the bless-

ings of living

on the Central

Coast is the weather.

I am a big fan of

the change in seasons,

March 20th first day of

spring, Memorial Day

first day of summer, a

change of scenery, or

a change in the status

quo. No matter where

you find yourself in

life, it’s good to shake

things up every so often. Sure, there’s consistency and

comfort in routine, but growth and progress and even ad-

venture can spring from a break from the usual.

Change can come in many forms, but it all starts with

the confidence to step out of the familiar. So, take a deep

breath, believe in yourself, and take the leap.

There are no dramatic or drastic changes in the weather

so we can extend our wardrobe further into the season, es-

pecially if you are wearing coordinates.

Fashion can be fickle, some fashions come in and go out,

Others become a staple. Some of the basic items to have in

your wardrobe are a pair of black, navy, grey, white, and

tan pants; a basic black skirt and a black dress. They can be

dressed up or down and a mainstay in any women’s ward-

robe.

Important also is a denim jean or skirt for all seasons,

fall,winter,spring and summer. Denim always “

In” and can be worn very casually or dressy.

Pick an item of clothing that you feel is incredibly striking

while also being understated and yet gives you confidence.

For more about wardrobe building, stop by Elna’s Dress

Shop and let our staff assist in helping you build your ward-

robe with some key pieces and accessories.

This month of June, ALL LADIES BLOUSES at regular

price are 20% off.

We are open as of June 1st on Friday, Saturday, and

Sunday from 10:00 Am until 3:00 PM. As things continue

to improve we will be back to regular hours 9:30 AM un-

til 5:00 PM. 7 days a week. For more information call the

store at 805-688-4525 or email me at

sue@elnas.com

.

Masks are required for your and others protection plus

distancing. Hope to see you soon as Solvang is up and run-

ning.

www.thelompocvision.com

The Lompoc Vision

“Good News You Can Use.”

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FASHION CHATTER

by Sue Manning, owner Elna’s Dress Shop

A LITTLE LOMPOC HISTORY

The rendering is based on the drawing from the Final Report of Mission

Vieja de la Purisima, February 1993, by Julia G. Costello, Ph.D., Et Al.

Published by the Lompoc Museum, Lompoc CA.

O

n e

thing

y o u

can

say

about Lom-

poc – there is

no shortage

of historic

b u i l d i n g s .

Everywhere

you turn you

find the ar-

ch i t ec t ur a l

representations of our town’s history. And the Artesia Schoolhouse

is no exception.

Built in 1876, this one room school house was in operation for

eightyfive years. In 1972 it was moved to its current location at 115

W. Chestnut and in 1995 it was reincarnated as the Artesia School

Museum. When you walk up the creaking steps of the whitewashed

school, you are not only tracing the path of hundreds of 1st through

8th graders who received their education here, but also the thou-

sands of third grade students who have come to learn their Lompoc

history and get a feel for life in the late 1800’s.

Walking across the porch which spans the front of the building,

you can already imagine you’re a time traveler. Passing through the

open front door you enter the cloakroom. Docents will tell you that

this is where coats and hats and lunch boxes were stored each day.

Once inside it’s as if you were transported to an episode of Little

House on the Prairie. Or, for me, it’s as if I were Anne of Green

Gables on my first day of school. The room is outfitted with many

of its original furnishings and fixtures. According to the Lompoc

many residents.

For over a hundred years, the facilities lay

in ruin. As Lom

poc developed, the Southern

Pacific Railroad and city literally built right

over the Mission in 1923 and 1959, respec-

tively.

As a result of the archaeological excava-

tions of the Mission Vieja area, sponsored by

the Lompoc Community Development De-

partment, an outline of the Mission quadran-

gle was identified relative to modern streets

and housing on F and G streets.

One has to wonder just what happened

to the cemetery that was likely located on

the right side of the church. In front of the

complex is the water trough and the Lavade-

ria, still surviving today. On the far right is

shown the “Army facility.” Spanish soldiers

were stationed at every mission to represent

the King of Spain. The gardens shown in the

background were located on I street. The

whole complex was served by a water spring

and aqueduct emanating from Miguelito

Canyon as the spring does today. The Chu-

mash Indians, for which the mission was

founded, lived outside and in the mission and

at the many remote ranchos assigned to the

mission. A small part of this site at the end of

F Street is held by the City of Lompoc.

The Artesia Schoolhouse

Museum, we have generous donations from former

students to thank for this. The walls are paneled, the

floors made of solid wood, and rows of old fash-

ioned desks fill the space. Blackboards stand at at-

tention, ready for the day’s lessons and old books lie

here and there.

A hundred years ago, students would have been

warmed by a potbellied stove and used outhouses

instead of indoor restrooms. I’m sure this gets a gig-

gle from the third graders. Today the Artesia School

House is a city and county landmark.

The old porch will be repaired to ensure many

more generations will be able to enjoy the site. The

Lompoc Museum, the Lompoc Valley Historical

Society, and the Lompoc Unified School District

have all seen to it that the Artesia School House will

be around for another hundred years.