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El Tiradito (The Castaway)

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  • Downtown
  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Published 11/18/2015

Fodor's Review

No one seems to know the details of the story behind this little shrine, but everyone agrees a tragic love triangle was involved. A bronze plaque indicates only that it's dedicated to a sinner who is buried here on unconsecrated ground. The candles that line the cactus-shrouded spot attest to its continuing importance in local Catholic lore. People light candles and leave milagros ("miracles," or little icons used in prayers for healing) for loved ones. A modern-day miracle: the shrine's inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places helped prevent a freeway from plowing through this section of the Barrio Historico.

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Main Ave., south of Cushing St., Tucson, Arizona, 85701, USA

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Published 11/18/2015


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