We worked our last shift at Tumacacori yesterday. Today we wandered around the mission for our final photo shoot.
At first there was no resident priest. The community built a structure like this "Ki" where the visiting priest would stay.
By 1800 the original church was declared unsuitable and construction of this new church began. It was not until 1822 that the new church went into service.
In 1848, the mission was abandoned due to Apache attacks and cold weather. Local ranchers removed the roof to reuse the wood which caused serious deterioration of the plaster and adobe bricks.
Mission records revealed the names of over 590 people buried here in the cemetery. The circular building is the mortuary chapel.
Sandy & Carl