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Santa Clara de Asís has kept busy through many changes
Santa Clara de Asís has kept busy through many changes

Santa Clara de Asís, Santa Clara Eighth mission 1777 This might be the most moved and rebuilt of all the missions. It changed location five times in its first 50 years yet became so busy that in its 60 years of operation it registered more baptisms (8,536), marriages (2,498) and burials (6,809) than any other California mission. It also gave birth to a college. Santa Clara University, a private Catholic university founded in the Gold Rush days of 1851, now owns and surrounds the mission. But in the 1850s, after the Franciscans were gone and before the university had matured, historians say the mission church was operated as a dance hall. The current mission church, which...

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