Coronado and Tumacacori
Trip Start Jun 05, 2007
60Trip End Jul 26, 2007
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I drove 35 miles to Coronado National Memorial which is right at the border of the United States and Mexico. I drove up to Montezuma Pass Overlok (elevation 6,575 feet) for a spectacular view of the San Pedro Valley with the mountains in the background. Down in the valley (somewhere) was an imaginary line that is the boundary between the two countries. This area in the valley was also believed to be the exploration route of Vasquez de Coronado in 1540.
This site recognizes the first major exploration of the American southwest by European explorers.
After my visit at Coronado I drove 150 miles to Tumacacori National Historic Park. I was able to walk through the church.
After Spain had had a 100 year history of expansion in the New World, they founded a mission here to convert the native people (Pima). Tumacacori had been established in 1691 by Father Kino.
At night I arrived in Tucson where I stayed for the night. I took a driving tour of the campus of the University of Arizona.