Shrine of Santa Rita in the Desert

The Shrine of Santa Rita in the Desert was built in 1935 in memory of Dr. Jokichi Takamine (1854-1922) by his widow, Caroline Takamine Beach. It is the only Catholic Church in the United States built in memory of a Japanese citizen. Caroline and Jokichi spent the...

Vail Postmark

Drawn by Mr. C.H. Hathaway Rincon Valley rancher for his friend Rukin Jelks’ to use on his personal stationary. The original can be found at the Postal History Foundation.

Round up at the Johnson Ranch

Virgil Johnson (fourth from right) and fellow ranchers enjoy a break at a round up. Virgil’s parents Ethyl and Walter Johnson came to Vail in 1917. They homesteaded and ranched in the Santa Rita Mountains.

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