Santa Clara the first mission south of San Francisco was founded in 1777 and was the first mission to honor a woman saint, Clara a follower of St. Francis. 4 miles from Santa Clara, Governor Neve selected the site of the first civic settlement in California, the pueblo of San Jose. That same year the first families arrived and were given plots of land. Santa Clara Valley was a garden spot and the mission orchards produced many kinds of fruits. The Indians learned leather tanning and shoemaking. Travelers found cloth at Santa Clara of better quality weave than at other missions. Padre Catala thought few settlers attended mass at Santa Clara, so with the Indians he built a road from pueblo to mission and planted three rows of willow trees to shelter the wayfarers.