• Sunlight illuminates the top of historic Mission San José de Tumacácori church.

    Tumacácori

    National Historical Park Arizona

Replacement Adobes

Due to moisture from rainwater wicking up into the adobe blocks at the foundation of the church, and other aging and deteriorating factors, it is necessary to replace some of the adobes from time to time. Although Tumacácori's preservation crew has modern mixers, wheel barrows, and other equipment, it is still a back-breaking process to make the adobe blocks in the traditional wooden molds and stack them for sun drying.
 
Making adobes
Photo by Jana Tschopp
 
Making adobes
Photo by Jana Tschopp
 
Making adobes
NPS Photo by David Yubeta
 
Making adobes
Photo by Jana Tschopp

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