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


    National Historical Park Arizona


Every mission had a storehouse, or granary, and while most of the second story of Tumacácori's granary had melted away before the National Park Service took over administration of the site, it still requires yearly maintenance and preservation work to keep it in as close to an original condition as possible.
Preservation of the granary
NPS Photo by David Yubeta
Lime plastering the granary
NPS Photo by David Yubeta

Did You Know?

Soldado de Cuera

Soldiers of New Spain's frontier who protected the missions were known as soldados de cuera, or "soldiers of the leather jacket."