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Sanchez Adobe Park

Photo courtesy City of Pacifica, California

The Sanchez Adobe Park represents a continuum of human existence in the San Mateo area from its early occupation by Costanoan Indians, through the era of colonization, including the Spanish Mission, Mexican, and American periods. Also located at the site are the archeological remains of an agricultural outpost of Mission Dolores in San Francisco. They are the only known extant remains of a series of outposts established throughout the San Francisco Peninsula. At one time this outpost provided most of the food for Mission Dolores. The Costanoan Indian village once located at the site is the only known Indian village in the region directly associated with the remains of a mission outpost. The mission outpost began ca.1785, but in 1791, an epidemic wiped out most of the Native American population there. Following the disastrous epidemic, emphasis on crop production was decreased in favor of cattle raising. By 1834, the buildings of the mission outpost were no longer in use. From 1842-1846, Francisco Sanchez (a former commander at the San Francisco Presidio) constructed an adobe near the site of the former Indian village and mission outpost. It has been suggested that Sanchez constructed portions of his adobe with bricks from the ruinous buildings of the old mission outpost. The Sanchez Adobe is considered the finest example of early California Mexican-influenced architecture remaining in San Mateo County. The restored Sanchez Adobe is the centerpiece of the Sanchez Adobe Park, which includes five acres of park land, the adobe, archeological remains of the Costanoan Indian village, and the remains of the agricultural outpost established by Mission Dolores of San Francisco.

The Sanchez Adobe Park is located on 1000 Linda Mar Blvd., one mile east of CA 1, in Pacifica. From Hwy. 1 in Pacifica, turn east (away from the ocean) at Linda Mar Blvd. Drive approximately one mile. Turn right into the parking lot just past Adobe Dr. Sanchez Adobe is open Tuesday-Thursday 10:00am to 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm. For information call 650-359-1462.


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