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Coloring California Missions

Author: Max Kurillo

California’s 21 missions, from San Diego to Sonoma, were constructed between 1769 and 1823 and were spaced a day’s ride from each other, measured as 50 kilometers or 31 miles. They were all connected along 1050 kilometers or 652 miles of the El Camino Real (the King’s Highway). The first 20 missions were constructed by the Spanish, and the last one, which is also the northernmost mission—Mission San Francisco Solano, was the only mission built in Alta California after Mexico gained independence from Spain.

This “Color and Learn” book is one of a series designed to be informative while enjoying the pleasures of expressing one’s creativity through a coloring medium. Adults and children can apply creative art strokes that will bring the mission days back to life in vibrant color. Each illustration in Coloring California Missions includes pertinent and interesting information about the California missions found in the last section of the book. A location map is also included. Explore, create, enjoy!

About the Author

Max Kurillo

Max Kurillo has been researching, writing, and lecturing about the California missions for many decades and has published several books, articles, and booklets about the missions. He worked with and appeared with Huell Howser on the California Gold production of “The Bells of El Camino Real,” and appeared on KECT (Los Angeles) and KPBS (San Diego) with Howser discussing the mission bells. Kurillo has visited all the 48 missions in Baja and Alta California. He won the Native Daughters of the Gold West “California Image Award” for his work documenting El Camino Real. He has published in the Ventura County Historical Society Quarterly, Pacific Coast Archaeological Society Quarterly, the American Bell Association’s Bell Tower, and the California Missions Foundation’s Boletín. California State Parks featured a panel display entitled “California Historic Corridor” based on his work and photographs. Kurillo lives in the San Diego area.