Mission San Xavier del Bac was founded by Father Eusebio Francisco Kino in 1692 near a Pima Indian village. This was the old church. The current church was built in 1783 with a 7,000 peso loan. From 1828 to 1858, the church was vacant because of political reasons and began to decay. In 1859, repairs to the church began.

An early 1900 photo

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DIRECTIONS: From Tucson, Arizona, take Interstate 10 east to Interstate 19 south. Exit at the sign for Mission San Xavier del Bac. The mission is approximately 7 miles from Tucson.

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