Mission San Xavier del Bac

The finished West Tower (left) as well as the rest of the Mission San Xavier del Bac is reflected in a small puddle of water outside Tucson, Ariz., on Tuesday, January 6, 2009. After five years and $2.5 million the exterior restoration of the tower is complete, according to the nonprofit Patronato San Xavier. Morales Restoration and Builders used compatible materials and old, tried methods for the project. They stripped off the cement coating, repaired the low-fired adobe brick underneath and replaced the coating with a lime and sand plaster. Scaffolding of the East Tower for much-needed restoration work is in the works which is expected to take 3-4 years at a cost of $1.5 million.

Photo by A.E. Araiza/Arizona Daily Star 2009

1700: Father Eusebio Francisco Kino writes in his diary that work had begun on the foundations of the first church at Mission San Xavier del Bac.

1876: The cornerstone of the Territorial Prison is laid at Yuma. The first prisoners are received there in June of that year.

1882: The Arizona Daily Citizen reports that the bathhouse of the Cosmopolitan Hotel has been moved from near the Park Brewery to the Cosmopolitan Hotel Plaza, making it more convenient for hotel guests.

1931: Seventy cars leave Yuma in a motorcade to Phoenix to celebrate the opening of the hard surface road between Phoenix and San Diego.

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