Tucson Arizona

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Mission San Xavier

We finally left San Diego and heading east to Tucson to have service done on R SHRPA. We are staying at the Voyager RV Resort until everything is finished. We dropped off the coach at Freedom RV Service center early Thursday, April 21st, and drove out to the Mission San Xavier, to explore this National Historic Landmark, founded by Fr. Kino, the Jesuit pioneer and explorer, in 1692. This Franciscan church is still a working church, built between 1783 to 1797. The church is so well preserved that when you enter the church it is like walking into the 18th century. Statues dating to the 1750’s, vivid late baroque altars, and original paintings adorn the interior. In 1783, the Franciscans borrowed 7,000 pesos to begin the church, and from 1790 to 1815, artists from central New Spain worked to complete the interior, earning double pay because of the threat of Apaches in the area, but in 1797 funds ran out. The church was left incomplete to this day, the east tower was left with no dome or lantern, the choir loft and baptistery paintings were left unfinished. We took a very interesting tour throughout the church and discovered all the things that were left undone when the money ran out. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

Tubac AZ

On Monday, Nov 4th, we drove to Tubac, a famous authentic western town south of Tucson. Tubac was established in 1752 as a Spanish presidio (fort), creating the first European settlement in Arizona. Then in 1821, the Spanish were ousted by the Mexicans and the Apaches began warring with the Mexicans. In 1853, James Gadsden, the American Ambassador to Mexico, signed a treaty purchasing a huge tract of land from Mexico, including Tubac. The Apache chief, Geronimo, and his warriors wreaked havoc against the Mexicans. He was finally defeated in 1886, in Cochise County on Canyon Road near Tubac. The fighting eventually stopped and the 200-year war came to an end. Continue reading