Making the Connection: Arizona’s Historic Highway 89

Making the Connection: Arizona’s Historic Highway 89

Two historic major east-west highways cross Arizona, and each played a role in the westward migrations of the early 20th century. US Route 66 carried people across northern Arizona from Chicago to Santa Monica. US Route 80 linked Savannah to San Diego through southern...
Visitors Guide: Tumacácori National Historical Park

Visitors Guide: Tumacácori National Historical Park

What you see:Tumacácori National Historical Park preserves the ruin of the Franciscan mission San José de Tumacácori. The embellished front of the church stands in front of thick adobe walls that rise to a flat roof over the nave. To the right of the main entrance, a...
Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area

Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area

Add the Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area in southern Arizona to your must-see places along Historic US Route 89. The heritage area brings together the cultural, historical, and natural resources of the Santa Cruz River watershed to provide visitors with a...
Tourists, Tourists Everywhere

Tourists, Tourists Everywhere

As we slowly reopen from our pandemic lock down, people are hitting the road to visit the national parks. Although I haven’t experienced it first hand yet, I hear that the parks are getting crowded with tourists. This got me to thinking about the photographs I have...
Spanish Settlements in Southern Arizona

Spanish Settlements in Southern Arizona

In this day of Google maps and GPS everywhere, it is hard to imagine how the world looked to the Spanish explorers when they arrived in the region we now call Arizona. Early explorers had mistakenly believed that California was an island and that the territory between...