Stand on the northeast corner of The Plaza (Spain and First Street East)
- Diagonally across the intersection is St. Francis Solano Mission, the last mission built in the chain along the California Coast.
- Across Spain Street is "The Barracks", built about the same time. It housed the 54 sergeants and men who were the soldiers of the military headquarters of the Mexican province of "Alta California". Alta California was huge. It ran from the present Mexican border to Oregon and from the Pacific Ocean to
The Continental Divide- in Colorado!
- Just behind you is the Bear Flag monument, where the flag of the California Republic was raised after
the Mexican commander of Alta California surrendered.
Around the Plaza are great places to eat, many wine tasting rooms and, on the West side is what I think is the best cookware shop in northern California.
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