HomePrefaceCHAPTER 1: Prehistory to 1894CHAPTER 2 :Franciscan World to 1894CHAPTER 3: Our First Church: 1895-1901CHAPTER 4: Our New Church: 1900-1910Chapter 5: Our Church: 1910-1920Chapter 6: Our Church: 1920-1929 CHAPTER 7: Our Church: 1930-1940TimelineBiography: AUthor
Revised: 9/1/08


1760-1769

1769 (July):
Spanish religious presence in California began with the founding of Mission San Diego by Fr. Junipero Serra, a Spanish Franciscan.



1820-1829

1821:
Mexican War of Independence gave Mexico (including California), independence from Spain.

1827:
Jedediah Smith and his party were first Euro-Americans to traverse Sierra Nevada from west to east.



1840-1849

1846 (April):
U.S.-Mexican War began.

1846 (October):
Donner Party was trapped in the Sierra Nevada by early snows.

1847 (April):
Survivors of Donner Party arrived in California.

1848 (January):
James Marshall discovered gold at John Sutter's sawmill in Coloma near Sacramento.

1848 (February):
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended U.S.-Mexican War. California was ceded to the United States.

1849:
City of Sacramento was organized.



1850-1859

1850 (January):
Sacramento's first major flood inundates the waterfront.

1850 (September 9):
California was admitted to the Union as 31st state.

1854:
Sacramento was designated capital of California.



1860-1869

1860:
Construction on the State Capitol building began.



1870-1879

1874:
Construction on the State Capitol building was completed.



1880-1889

1886:
Diocese of Sacramento was established.

1889:
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament was dedicated.



1890-1899

1895 (April 7):
The first St. Francis of Assisi church building was dedicated.



1900-1910

1908 (October 18):
Cornerstone for current St. Francis of Assisi church building was laid on the site of the first church.



1980-1989

1983:
Restoration of St. Francis of Assisi church building began.



1990-1999

1995 (September 30):
St. Francis of Assisi Parish celebrated Centennial Anniversary of the parish 100 Years of Blessings.



2000-2008

2008 (October):
St. Francis of Assisi Parish will begin year-long celebration for Centennial Anniversary of church building.


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