U. S. Mission Trail / The Mission Trail Today - The Spanish Missions in Arizona
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Select photographs of my many visits to The Missions of the United States South and Southwest built by Spain and Mexico between 1565 and 1823.
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San José de Tumacácori

Founded 1751
by Eusebio Francisco Kino
south of Tucson

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, AZ 85702

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Front facade of church.
Front facade of church.
Front facade of church.

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Detail at arched doorway.

Bell tower.

The Lime Kiln is north of the cemetery at the end of a short path. To protect the adobe block walls, they were covered with lime plaster. Lime plaster was made by heating limestone to remove the water. When the water was put back and the plaster spread on the walls, it hardened back into a limestone like surface. This had the added benefit of making the gleaming white Missions stand out in the desert. The source of the limestone is unknown but may have come from the Santa Rita Mountains 25 miles to the north. This kiln is small and was probably used to make plaster for patching. If there were larger kilns for the main construction, the location of those has not been found.

I watched a long Red Racer snake disappear into this hole.


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