Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Tucson in Pima County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Mission San Xavier del Bac

 
 
Mission San Xavier del Bac Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 26, 2010
1. Mission San Xavier del Bac Marker
Inscription.
Mission San Xavier del Bac was founded by the Jesuit missionary, Fr. Eusebio Kino in 1692. The present church was built under the direction of the Franciscans. Construction began in 1783 and was completed in 1797.

The church continues to serve as the parish church for the Tohono O'odham.

This plaque was donated in loving memory of Jeanette C. Checola
Jan 1, 1939 – Mar. 4, 2004
R.I.P.

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 32° 6.42′ N, 111° 0.465′ W. Marker is in Tucson, Arizona, in Pima County. Marker can be reached from San Xavier Road. Touch for map. Mission is located 6 miles south of Tucson on I-19 exit 92 San Xavier Road. Go west 0.9 mi and then north 0.3 mi on Little Nogales Drive. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1800 San Xavier Road, Tucson AZ 85746, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Mission San Xavier del Bac (a few steps from this marker); The Grotto at San Xavier del Bac (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Municipal Airport in the United States
Mission San Xavier del Bac Marker and Entrance to Living Quarters image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 26, 2010
2. Mission San Xavier del Bac Marker and Entrance to Living Quarters
(approx. 4.7 miles away); The Korean War Memorial (approx. 6.7 miles away); Tucsonans Killed in Action (approx. 6.7 miles away); These Immortal Chaplains (approx. 6.7 miles away); Si We:begi Ha Ñeid (approx. 7 miles away); Sentinel Peak (approx. 7.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tucson.
 
More about this marker. Marker is mounted on the wall of the original living quarters.
 
Also see . . .  History of Mission San Xavier del Bac. The present church was built from 1783 - 1797 by the Franciscan Fathers Juan Bautista Velderrain and Juan Bautista Llorenz. Little is known about the actual labor of the construction of the church, who was the architect, who were the artisans, but many believe it was the Tohono O'odham who fufilled these roles. (Submitted on January 28, 2010.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Marble Slab Mounted on Floor of Mortuary Chapel
Latin Inscription:
Hic a laboribus suis requiescunt duo Missionarii praeclari qui mango cum fructu in hac
Mission San Xavier del Bac image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 26, 2010
3. Mission San Xavier del Bac
regione vitam agentes operosam diem supremum oblerunt
Rev. P. Balthasar Carillo O.F.M.
die 9 Oct.1795
Rev. P. Narcissus Gutierrez O.F.M.
die 21 Dec. 1821
Corpora ex antiqua Missione Franciscana, Tumacacori, Ariz. translata in hac Missione ad S. Franciscum Xauerium sunt sepulta
die 21 Feb. 1935

English translation:
Here rest from their labors two renowned missionaries who departed this life in the midst of an arduous and very successful career in this region.
Reverend Father Baltazar Carrillo, O.F.M.
Died October 9, 1795
Reverend Father Narciso Gutierrez, O.F.M.
Died December 21, 1821
Their bodies, transferred from the old Franciscan Mission at Tumacacori, Arizona, were interred in this Mission of San Francisco Xavier February 21, 1935.
    — Submitted January 28, 2010.

 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Notable BuildingsNotable Places
 
Original Living Quarters and Workrooms image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 26, 2010
4. Original Living Quarters and Workrooms
San Xavier del Bac Mortuary Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 26, 2010
5. San Xavier del Bac Mortuary Chapel
San Xavier del Bac Mortuary Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 26, 2010
6. San Xavier del Bac Mortuary Chapel
Marble slab set in floor is the plaque seen in photo #7.
In Memory of Mission Padres Marble Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner
7. In Memory of Mission Padres Marble Plaque
See "Other Comments" for inscription and translation.
San Xavier del Bac National Historical Landmark Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner
8. San Xavier del Bac National Historical Landmark Plaque

San Xavier del Bac
Has been designated a
Registered National
Historic Landmark

Under the provisions of
the historic sites act of August 21, 1935
This site possesses exceptional value
in commemorating and illustrating
the history of the United States
Department of the Interior
National Park Service
1963
San Xavier del Bac National Historical Landmark Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner
9. San Xavier del Bac National Historical Landmark Plaque
Plaque is mounted on the wall to the right of the entrance to the church.
View of the Altar and Interior image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, June 15, 2011
10. View of the Altar and Interior
Interior Art Work image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, June 15, 2011
11. Interior Art Work
Interior Art Work image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, June 15, 2011
12. Interior Art Work
Ornate Front Facade image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, June 15, 2011
13. Ornate Front Facade
The ornate front facade is of red arabesque. The first, above and to the left with crown & royal robe is the statue of Saint Elizabeth. To the right the upper figure with tambourine is St. Cecilia. The church front entrance is covered with beautiful scroll work with the coat of arms of the Franciscan monks, which is a cross, with a rope coil above and two arms below, one of which represents that of Christ, and the other one that of St. Francis de Assisi.
Mission San Xavier del Bac image. Click for full size.
14. Mission San Xavier del Bac
A vintage photograph from the Mission San Xavier del Bac Museum.
Mission San Xavier del Bac image. Click for more information.
By Richard Denney, September 12, 2010
15. Mission San Xavier del Bac
For a 1902 vs. now view of Mission San Xavier del Bac, from approximate same angle select the "Click for more information" link below.
Click for more information.
Mission San Xavier image. Click for full size.
By Michael D Martin, April 18, 2009
16. Mission San Xavier
Mission San Xavier del Bac image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 26, 2010
17. Mission San Xavier del Bac
South face of Mission. Mortuary chapel is at left, church in center, and original living quarters and workrooms to the right.
Panorama of Mission and Surrounding Area image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney
18. Panorama of Mission and Surrounding Area
Click on photo to expand
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 27, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,710 times since then and 59 times this year. Last updated on May 12, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on January 27, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   10, 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on June 9, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   15. submitted on September 18, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   16. submitted on January 16, 2011, by Michael D Martin of Gig Harbor, Washington.   17. submitted on January 27, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   18. submitted on May 20, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
Paid Advertisement