|Passed this road side market on the way to the ruins|
we were like ohhhhhhh cool... so, that's making use of what you have :) we sat through a short movie and looked at all the artifacts they had etc, and had a great time there..
|Casa Grande Ruins|
|Look how big this cactus is..|
The current church dates from the late 1700's, when Southern Arizona was part of New Spain. In 1783, Franciscan missionary Fr. Juan Bautista Velderrain was able to begin contruction on the present structure usin money borrowed from a Sonoran rancher. He hired an architect, Ignacio Gaona, and a large workforce of O'odham to create the present church.
Following Mexican independence in 1821, San Xavier became part of Mexico. The last resident Franciscan of the 19th Century departed in 1837. With the Gadsden Purchase of 1854, the Mission joined the United States. In 1859 San Xavier became part of the Diocese of Santa Fe. In 1866 Tucson became an incipient diocese and regular services were held at the Mission once again. Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet opened a school at the Mission in 1872. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity now teach at the school and reside in the convent.
The Franciscans returned to the Mission in 1913.
And after we toured this place... I found the wonders of Indian fry bread... and here in lies the basis of my trip to Arizona... You could have just called me Indian Fry Bread or Chile Relleno while I was there.. that is for sure..
Once we left the Tohono O'odhma reservation.. we were off to Tombstone... YeeHaw baby is about how Tombstone was :)
We started off at the Boothill Graveyard..
Then from there we headed into downtown tombstone.. We had a blast just walking around, checking out the people in period correct clothing.. the horses in the street and wagons.. it was awesome.. I figured it would be terribly commercialized.. but, it wasn't what I expected at all.. I was pleasantly surprised..
After we left tombstone, we had to go through a border patrol check point... we roll up.. and the guy says "are you both US citizens?" My loving cowboy says "I am and looks at me".. I'm like "wait.. I'm a citizen too" the guy started laughing and let us go... ugh... ahhaah