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Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Paper Models. Perfect for School Projects A+.

Mission San Luis Obispo Paper Model

Build this 3D paper model replica of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Perfect for school projects! All you have to do is cut, glue and assemble this mission into a beautify 3D replica. Printed on thick card heavy duty stock paper. 

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1. Buy now on Amazon. Two options to choose from. Mission Large Model Only and Deluxe Set (includes mission accessories).

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2. Purchase a Mega Deluxe Set downloadable online now.

Get instant access. You will receive multiple pdf files where you can print on your own color printer. The Mega Deluxe Set comes with everything you see below. This is not available on Amazon. You will get the Large Mission Model, The Extra Annex Building, The Mission Accessories and the Project Board Mega Pack. 

Mission Model Size

Large Size Base:

  • Width: 10 inches
  • Length: 13 inches
  • Height: 7.8 inches

History of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

Much like the previous missions, Padre Junipero Serra played a major role in establishing the fifth mission in California. While on a trip looking for another mission to add between San Diego and Monterrey, Padre Serra chose an unlikely location. He was traveling with a Spanish expedition and they went through a place known as “The Valley of the Bears.” There were so many bears that the expedition decided to kill some for food. When the hunt was over, the expedition had over 9,000 pounds of bear meat. Padre Juniperro Serra suddenly was inspired and decided a mission should be built there. On September 1, 1772, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa was founded.

The mission is named after San Luis Obispo De Tolosa (Saint Louis of Toulouse) who was born into royalty, but forced to join the clergy by another royal family to free his father from prison. Saint Louis turned down offers to become rich and rule over others and instead, focused on feeding and helping the poor. He died of a fever at the young age of 23.

The large bear population became very important to the new mission when food became low, because the Spanish could always go hunt for bear meat. Extra meat was also given the local Native American tribe called the “Chumash.” The bears had been a challenge for the Chumash for a long time and they needed extra food so the gift made them friendly towards the Spanish right away.

While Padre Junipero Serra did not stay to oversee this mission past the founding, the goal of the mission—to educate and baptize as many Native Americans as possible—was successful. According to records kept at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, over 2,000 baptisms happened there. The highest population of Native Americans at any one time was 800. That makes Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa smaller than some of the other missions, but still pretty successful.

Not all Native Americans nearby were kind to those living at the mission however. Some of the tribes south of the mission would shoot burning arrows at the buildings which would set the wood roofs on fire. To prevent this problem, the Padres started making red clay tiles for the first time in California. These were much more resistant to fire which made them very useful. The clay tiles were not only used by all of the missions later on, but are still common in California to this day.

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa was expanded several times and living quarters were built for the Chumash that stayed at the mission. They were also successful at growing plants like corn, wheat, and grapes for food. The mission was quietly successful until the Mexicans and Spanish fought in 1810. The Mexican government began demanding that the missions donate to the war cause. Unfortunately, each mission was already dealing with a lack of support once the Spanish stopped sending money and supplies. Padre Luis Martinez was in charge of the mission during this difficult time and the Padres and Chumash had to deal with starvation as a result of sending supplies to the Mexican government.

Times would only get worse for Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa as the Mexican government decided to end the missions once and for all in 1834. In 1845, Governor Pio Pico sold everything but the church at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa for $510 which was significantly lower than what it was worth. The United States did not treat the mission any better and essentially left it alone. The mission started to fall into ruin when it was finally rented out for different uses. It became the first courthouse and jail in San Luis Obispo, California. In 1933, a restoration began and the mission was given an L-shaped design to seat as many people as possible. The mission had also been given a New England-style steeple and siding which was removed during this period to keep the look similar to other California missions.

Today, the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is a big part of San Luis Obispo which calls itself “The City with a Mission.” The mission is located in the middle of the city and hosts Catholic Church services. The mission also has a museum which features old photographs of the mission. With the exception of limited parking because of its location, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is a beautiful and fantastic mission to visit.