Shrine at El Tiradito Draws the Wishful

People burn candles at El Tiradito with the hope of a wish being granted. Photo Credit: Sam Lowe

TUCSON -- In the heart of the city sits El Tiradito, an adobe wall that recalls a tragic love affair. There are several stories about its origins, but the most popular involves an ill-fated love affair between Juan Olivera and his mother-in-law. When caught in an amorous act by his father-in-law, Oliver was killed on the spot in 1880. But because he had sinned, he could not be … [Read more...]

Arizona Historical Society Celebrates Day of the Dead in New Exhibit

Day of the Dead

The Dia de Los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that can be traced back hundreds of years. It brings family and friends together to pray for and remember loved ones who have passed away. Taking place from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, this holiday is marked with rich and artistic traditions, such as decorating graves and sugar skulls, and dining on elaborate family … [Read more...]

The Story Behind Salome’s Fighting Frogs

Salome Frog Mascot

SALOME -- The Salome High School teams are probably the only athletes in the country nicknamed the Fighting Frogs. It's a tribute to a legendary frog that never learned how to swim. The non-aquatic amphibian was the brainchild of Dick Wick Hall, a humorist and country philosopher who came to Salome early in the twentieth century and gave the community its name. He also … [Read more...]

Arizona Prospector Seeks Scientific Proof of Soul

Lights of the Soul

PHOENIX -- The Great Soul Trial of 1967 had nothing to do with tryouts for a gospel singing group. Instead, it was a legal attempt to prove the existence of a human soul. And, not surprisingly, there was a lot of money involved. In 1949, 70-year-old James Kidd, a prospector, disappeared into the wilderness of the Superstition Mountains. After he was declared dead, someone … [Read more...]

Catholic Church Modeled After Navajo Hogan

Navajo statue inside church. Photo Credit: Sam Lowe

CHINLE -- Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church here sits near Canyon de Chelly on the Navajo Reservation, so it's entirely logical that it would be built in the shape of a Navajo hogan. Although substantially larger than the traditional Navajo dwellings, the building is six-sided and the entrance faces east, just like its smaller counterparts. Also, the baptismal font sits … [Read more...]