San Pedro Chapel LbNA # 28939
|Placed Date||Feb 24 2007|
|Found By||Martini Man|
|Last Update||Feb 27 2015|
Distance: Very short walk
San Pedro Chapel History:
When the soldiers left Fort Lowell in 1891, Mexican families moved into the abandoned buildings. Soon more families settled in the surrounding area, forming a self-sufficient farming and ranching community called El Fuerte. The low hill to the south became its social and spiritual center. The hill was covered with small abode homes and a store, and the children attended the old Fort Lowell School, north across the street. One of the original homes still stands near San Pedro Chapel, and other homes are scattered throughout the neighborhood.
Three chapels have occupied the site, La Capillitta, the tiny shrine seen to the southeast, was constructed in about 1915 and restored in 1998. The larger building, San Pedro Chapel, was completed in 1932 and was used as a church until 1948. San Angel De la Guarda, completed in 1920, occupied the same site as San Pedro Chapel but was destroyed by a tornado in 1929.
The importance of the Chapel was recognized in 1992 by its placement on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places. In 1993, San Pedro Chapel and the land on which it stands was purchased by the Old Fort Lowell Neighborhood Association to preserve this legacy and to restore it as a community center.
To the box:
Look for the man on the horse on Craycroft who inspired the poem below by Harry A. Rosh.
Each dawn the man and steed of bronze
Stand fast where traffic flows,
Near the gates of Old Fort Lowell
Where the Army’s pride still shows.
In tribute to both man and steed
They face toward the west;
A memorial to the Cavalry
And those who served it best.
As desert storms bring swirling dust
When day is almost done;
He patiently awaits the dawn
And the summer’s blazing sun.
Proud citizens of Tucson
And many tourists who pass by
Now relive a part of history
As they gaze toward the sky.
He still performs his duties
In the heat and driving rain,
A rigid mounted trumpeter
Sending notes across a plain.
The notes of reveille and paycall
Stir thoughts of running feet;
Many other calls soon follow
Before he sounds retreat.
With the Catalina Mountains
Towering high above his head,
His final call is loud and clear,
Taps – in honor of the dead.
The bronze statue points the way to the road you want. Traveling west on this road, go to where mass was said (on the left hand side of the road) and park in the dirt lot. (If you make it to the road named for a bird, you’ve gone too far.) From the parking lot, use your mapping skills to located the "little" chapel on the map. The box lurks in a hidey hole in the very base of the mesquite tree behind this little version on the bigger chapel.
Please reseal baggies tight and rehide well so as to not attract attention to the hiding spot.