San Miguel was founded on the Salinas River when San Juan Batista was a month old. It was a day’s journey south of San Antonio pie do and the same North from San Luis Obispo near Paso Robles. Les Wayne came to bless the water in the place. Boards and timbers were cut from Cambria’s pine woods, and in spite of the damage by fire the 16th mission recovered and grew rapidly. Soon there were over 1000 converts and the new church was begun. A special interest are the fresco murals by Esta von moonrise, several large panels as colorful perhaps as when they were painted, and today the most famous work of art in California missions. When San Miguel’s Indians were asked to choose between the mission life and freedom nearly all chose to stand with the Padres.