Next to the statue of the man who gave birth to Tucson

Sep 04, 2017 528

Had Italian-born Jesuit missionary Eusebio Francisco Kino not made his way through this area (then a part of New Spain) in the late 1600s, there's a good chance Tucson might not be what it is today. Kino established 24 missions throughout the Southwest, including San Xavier and San Cosme y Damián, which would later become the presidio for the city of Tucson. 

You can find a statue of this legend of a man on East 15th Street, just off of (surprise!) South Kino Parkway. Swing by during the holidays and catch his horse wearing santa claus hats on his ears. 


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