Tucson in Pima County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
(The Wishing Shrine)
[ Spanish Translation: ]
(La Capilla de Anhelos)
Erected 1988 by Tucson
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Hispanic Americans. In addition, it is included in the Arizona, The Presidio Trail series list.
Location. 32° 12.972′ N, 110° 58.472′ W. Marker is in Tucson, Arizona, in Pima County. Marker is on South Main Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 221 South Main Avenue, Tucson AZ 85701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Carrillo Intermediate School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Teatro Carmen (about 400 feet away); Cushing Street (about 700 feet away); McCormick Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Convent Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sosa-Carillo-Frémont House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stone Avenue (approx. ¼ mile away); Ochoa Street (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tucson.
Regarding El Tiradito. Perhaps the most unusual of Tucson's historic landmarks is the Mexican religious shrine known as "El Tiradito" (The Outcast), which is dedicated not to a saint, but to a sinner who died violently and dishonorably. This "Wishing Shrine," manifesting the complete antithesis of San Augustin Church, or any other religious edifice,
Regarding El Tiradito (The Wishing Shrine).
El Tiradito (The Wishing Shrine) is #10 on the Presidio Trail Walking Tour.
The description reads:
“This shrine is typical of small shrines in many communities in Mexico, where people come to burn candles and pray, asking for help with their problems. One legend associated with this shrine involves a tragic love triangle in the 1870s, with a husband killing his wife’s lover. A priest would not let the man be buried in the consecrated cemetery so local people lit candles at this location to pray for his soul.”
Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 3, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,976 times since then and 16 times this year. Last updated on May 6, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 3, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.