"Tumacacori National Historical Park" Tumacacori National Historical Park by Stephen-KarenConn

Tumacacori National Historical Park, formerly Tumacacori National Monument, preserves the site of the oldest Spanish mission in Arizona, dating back to 1691. But even before there was a mission here, there was an O'odham Indian village located just across the Santa Cruz River called Tumacacori. Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, a Jesuit missionary called the place Cajetan (or Cayetano in Spanish).

Though we often associate "church" with "mission," Tumacacori did not have an actual church building until 1751. At that time the community was moved to its present site on the east side of the Santa Cruz River and the name was changed to San Jose de Tumacacori. Visitors here will relive a bygone era which goes back to the time of the earliest contact of Europeans with the indigeneous peoples of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.

  • Last visit to Tumacacori National Historical Park: Nov 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Very thorough page.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2007 at 3:27 PM

    What a wonderful historical park! I love the old adobe dewellings. Heading to Sedona in Nov and we cannot wait! Great page, I enjoyed it!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2007 at 4:56 PM

    Great page, fascinating information and wonderful pictures. I was in Tubac only. It seems I lost a lot :-(

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2006 at 2:09 AM

    another great page, any place you haven't been?

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2005 at 3:54 PM

    Tumacacori is an amazing spot. Today, along a freeway, but just think what it must have been like back in the 1700's! Nice job.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2005 at 4:07 AM

    I thoroughly enjoyed this page Stephen, especially how the muuro-ki was built, crude but very suitable for the elements.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2005 at 9:15 AM

    Amazing stuff Stephen! This Mission really has had an interesting history and you have really brought it to light with this excellent page!

  • madamx's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2005 at 7:52 AM

    What an interesting place! Now I wish that we were spending more time in Tucson in April to make a visit here. Very interesting reading. ~ Helen

  • Feb 10, 2005 at 4:37 AM

    WOW! I've never heard of this place......VERY interesting!! Another insightful page!! THANKS!

  • windsorgirl's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2005 at 10:43 AM

    Beautiful garden shot, Stephen. For someone who travels as much as you do, I don't know how you find the time to write such informative pages! We appreciate your hard work.

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