Monday, June 21, 2010

Tumacacori Mission

On the way back from Nogales we wanted to stop at the Tumacacori Mission, we meaning me and Chris happily obliged. The San Xavier Mission is just a few miles north and is in much better condition (even though it's about the same age), but Tumacacori is still worth checking out. It was built in the late 17th century and abandoned in the mid-19th. Even though it was blazing hot outside, it was nice to walk around and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Apparently in the winter, some of the local indians do outdoor tortilla making demonstrations. Can't wait to come back for that. Because it's a National Historic Park, Booker participated in the Junior Ranger Program. And by participated I mean when the Park Ranger asked him what he had seen on his tour, he said "two lizards." This was enough to earn him a little badge and a certificate with his name on it. One week later and he still insists on wearing his badge everywhere he goes.

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2 comments:

Beth Tueller said...

Thanks, Margaret. I love photos of old Spanish Catholic churches. Do note that the late 16th Century would be sometime in the 1500s, quite impossible. The mission church of San Jose de Tumcacori was built in 1691. To see older Spanish Chruches in the Southwest USA, you should visit Santa Fe and Taos, new Mexico. Even better, visit Saint Augustine, Florida - now that's 16th Century. Jim Tueller

Little Red said...

Thanks for the correction, Jim! Slipped my mind. I thought of you as we walked around, too bad you weren't there with us to serve as a guide :)