One of the World’s Largest Open Pit Mines in Sahuarita

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SAHUARITA — The Asarco Mineral Discovery Center, a tourist attraction south of Tucson, shows guests how big things get in Arizona. The center is affiliated with the Asarco Mission Mine, an open-pit operation that has been around since 1911. The hole measures more than 2.3 miles long…

Worldly Art Inside St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church


SIERRA VISTA — Those who stop for an initial visit and prayers at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church here might mistakenly get the impression that they have inadvertently stumbled into an art gallery. It’s understandable because there is art everywhere inside.

Eternal Flickers at Patagonia Shrine


PATAGONIA — Near a small jog in the pavement south of Patagonia, cars pull into a small area where a set of cement stairs leads to a small shrine carved into a large rock. Several candles surround the religious statues inside the grotto. They flicker day and night, illuminating the small space while their smoke turns it a charred black.

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WHY — Many years ago, Peggy and Jim Kater homesteaded at the base of the Little Ajo Mountains near the junction of State Routes 65 and 86. Because the junction formed a Y-intersection, they simply called their place “the Y.” Eventually, the Y attracted so many other residents…

Another Recycled Depot in Douglas

Old Depot in Douglas. Photo Credit: Sam Lowe

DOUGLAS — Long before there were Home Depots, there were train depots. But now they are, for the most part, relics of a bygone era. Only about 40 of them remain in Arizona and most are being used for something other than their original purpose of sheltering waiting rail passengers.