Sunday, March 15, 2009

Arizona Theme Day: Old Arizona

This is Mission San Jose de Tumacacori, established on this site sometime after 1751 after nearby missions dating back to 1691 were destroyed and abandoned. This is one of the many missions established by Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, the explorer, cartographer, and Franciscan priest who is responsible for the chain of missions running from within Mexico to northern California. This mission was abandoned by 1848 and began its fall into disrepair until 1908 when the area was declared a National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt. Restoration continues today although very slowly. In 1937 a museum was built at the National Monument which later became a National Park.

The mission is located in Southern Arizona between Tucson and the border with Mexico. Photos don’t really do it justice. It is one of those places you need to see in person in order to enjoy its beauty.

Enjoy the rest of the Arizona bloggers photos of “Old Arizona” by using the links below:

Flagstaff Daily Photo
Chandler Daily Photo
Prescott Area Daily Photo
Tempe Daily Photo
Scottsdale Daily Photo
Chandler Daily Photo
Scottsdale Daily Photo

19 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Great historical note, and fantastic angle.

Abe said...

I enjoyed this post and look at the mission. I remember, back in 1952, the last time I was in Tucson, that we drove to Mexico and along the way passed Mission San Xavier del Bac. It was back off the road a long ways but was white and shined like a star.

Hilda said...

That is such a fascinating history, Sharon. Thank you for including the information. Kudos to President Roosevelt for initiating the restoration of these wonderful buildings.

Small City Scenes said...

Very beautiful. Love the pic and the info.

JM said...

The composition is lovely! Glad the Mission building is beeing recovered, it looks fantastic and really deserves it.

angie said...

good one - and great framing!

Sharon said...

Abe, San Xavaier del Bac is still there just south of Tucson and still shines brightly. In fact it just went through a recent restoration process. It's called "the white dove of the desert".

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

I have always liked this mission. I love this choice for theme day!

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Your post helps bring attention to what Stewart Udall described in his book, "The Inland Empire." Americans focus their history on the 13 colonies on the East Coast and overlook the Spanish settlement of New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and California.

The California missions are very famous and are big tourist and cultural attractions. Your photo helps show that there are missions worth seeing in Arizona, also.

Father Kino was to Arizona the equivalent of Father Junipero Serra in California, except the conditions to establish missions in Arizona were much harsher than along the California coast.

Jarart said...

Beautiful shot of this old mission. It's been a long time since we have been down that way. Great pick for the theme.

Lisa Wilson said...

Beautiful! Good choice for your them day!

glenda said...

Beautiful photo. Looks great the way you framed it with the arch.

Pat said...

I thought AZ only had one mission. Beautiful shot.

Chandlermom said...

I've never visited this one, it looks so beautiful and peaceful - nice choice!

Dusty Lens said...

A bit of a history lesson is fun to learn together.

Dustin said...

Great pic for theme day!! Love the composition of this one. Also the architecture beautiful. Nice take on our theme!!

Dustin
Flagstaff Daily Photo

Snapshutter said...

Nice framing and composition.

kostas said...

Like an old western film!
Beautiful place.

Susie of Arabia said...

I love the way you used the archway to frame the mission. I have been there several times, and it seems parts of it are always being refurbished. It really is quite breathtaking to behold in person though.
And thanks for the links to the other Arizona bloggers - I've got to check them out!