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Mission San José de Tumacácori
Mission San José de Tumacácori
The chapel of Mission San José de Tumacácori
Location near Nogales, Arizona
Name as founded La Misión San José de Tumacácori
English translation The Mission of Saint Joseph of the Rocky Flat Place
Patron Saint Joseph
Founding date January 1691; 332 years ago (1691-01)
Founding priest(s) Father Eusebio Francisco Kino
Native tribe(s)
Spanish name(s)
Governing body National Park Service
Current use Historic Monument

Mission San José de Tumacácori (O'odham: Cemagĭ Gakolig) is a historic Spanish mission preserved in its present form by Franciscans in 1828.


Mission San Cayetano del Tumacácori was established by Jesuits in 1691 in a location near a Sobaipuri settlement on the east side of the Santa Cruz River. Services were held in a small adobe structure built by the inhabitants of the village.

After the O'odham rebellion of 1751 the mission was abandoned for a time. In 1752, the village was reestablished and in 1753 the church of the Mission San José de Tumacácori began construction at the present site on the west side of the Santa Cruz River. This first church structure was erected for use by the mission in 1757. The architectural style of the church is Spanish Colonial.

Rumors spread within the Spanish kingdom that the Jesuit priests had amassed a fortune on the peninsula and were becoming very powerful. On February 3, 1768 King Carlos III ordered the Jesuits forcibly expelled from the Viceroyalty of New Spain (colonial México) and returned to Spain.

The mission is now part of Tumacácori National Historical Park, which contains three separate sections. This mission site is included in the Tumacácori National Historical Park that extends for 360 acres (1.5 km2), and is open to the public daily.

Historic Mission San José de Tumacácori gallery

These are images of the inside of the Tumacacori Mission and of the Cemetery grounds.

See also

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