The Story of Teresa Urrea, Mexican Healer and Miracle Worker

Grave site of Teresa Urrea in Clifton. Photo Credit: Sam Lowe

CLIFTON — In one corner of the Clifton Cemetery, an unmarked grave silently braves the blistering sun, surrounded by wrought iron fencing. It houses the remains of Teresa Urrea. She is mostly forgotten today, but in her lifetime she was considered a saint by many and a rabble rouser by others.

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

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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

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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.

Why Why is Why

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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…