NPS Photo / Garate
"...we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract." - Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address 1863
Places have power. Their names, their landscapes, or even the way the air smells may evoke feelings in the visitor. Tumacácori is not an island in the region but instead part of an assemblage of missions, ranches, and military presidios that changed the face of the Pimería Alta. Even the name "Arizona" is steeped in cultural and linguistic mystery.
Did You Know?
Soldiers of New Spain's frontier who protected the missions were known as soldados de cuera, or "soldiers of the leather jacket."