|Tumacacori Outpost (Julianne G. Crane)|
As mentioned on a recent entry on RV Short Stops about the Tumacácori National Historical Park, there are at least two other shinny spots of interest near the mission that might encourage you to pull your RV off exit 29 on I-19 south of Tucson for an afternoon of sight-seeing, browsing and sampling hot spices.
– Tumacacori Outpost
|Jammed with treasures. (Julianne G. Crane|
Located in the heart of the historic Santa Cruz Valley and directly across the road from the mission is the Tumacacori Outpost, with its hodge-podge of antiques and collectibles.
It is one of those places where you can kill lots of time just moseying from one display case to the next. One glass enclosed case that caught my eye was the offering of Mickey Mouse watches. I happen to own an original Minnie Mouse watch, direct from Disneyland in Anaheim, given to me decades ago by my sister. I treasure it and keep replacing the batteries.
|All Mickeys, no Minnies|
Tumacacori Outpost Antiques & Collectibles
1892 E Frontage Rd.
|Julianne G. Crane|
This destination retail store, tasting room, museum, is only 100-yards-or-so south of the Tumacácori Mission.
Santa Cruz Chili is both “a manufacturer and retailer of fine chili products.” It sells, “a wide variety of gourmet Southwestern foods, cookbooks and a large selection of spices and herbs.” Inside the retail store is also “a quaint Western Museum documenting the rich history of the area.”
|Jimmy Smith in tasting room and museum. (Julianne G. Crane)|
The company is a small, family-owned business. Their chili products reflect “the unique mixture of Mexican and Western cultures that are so much a part of the Santa Cruz Valley. “The flavors are pure and authentic,” states the Web site. “They represent the valley’s rich heritage.”
Drop by to see the museum artifacts, sample the chili pastes and sauces, and “find that spice you have been looking for or just soak up the rich history and heritage of this special land.”
|Santa Cruz Chili Paste|
Jean England Neubauer
Owner, Santa Cruz Chili & Spice Co.
Just north of exit 29 off of I-19
1868 E. Frontage Rd.
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday:10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(Summer hours: 10 a.m – 3 p.m.)
Call for Holiday schedule: (520) 398-2591
Photos: (Julianne G. Crane)