Lompoc Mission Vieja Complex
by Justin M. Ruhge
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
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-
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Masks are required for your and others protection plus
distancing. Hope to see you soon as Solvang is up and run-
The Lompoc Vision
“Good News You Can Use.”
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.
y o u
poc – there is
b u i l d i n g s .
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
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-
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.