Monday, October 26, 2009

Tumacacori National Monument

From the reverse of the postcard:

"Diorama of Mass in Tumacacori. Exhibit in the museum showing the Mission Church as it might have appeared in the 1820's."

From the NPS website: "The name "Tumacácori" may have been derived from two O’odham words, chu-uma and kakul, having reference to a flat, rocky place. Father Kino established it as a mission in January 1691, one day before Guevavi, making it the oldest mission site in Arizona."

The mission church as it stands today wasn't finished until the 1820's. Father Kino was responsible for establishing twenty-four missions and visitas in the southwest.

Tumacacori is a beautiful, peaceful place. On the day we visited we only saw two or three other people. If you go, be sure to say hello to the resident cat who we refer to as "Tumacakitty." Here are some of our photos from that visit.


Tumacakitty Napping

More photos on our Flickr page.

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