The mission grounds

The vanguard of European settlement in the Southwest was the establishment of a network of Catholic missions by the Spanish. These particular mission grounds are on the site of la Misión San Juan Capistrano, one of five missions along the San Antonio River in Bexar County, Texas. There is another, more famous, mission in California that also bears the name San Juan Capistrano.

Rolling stock from a bygone era

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad maintains locomotives and all manner of rolling stock from a bygone era, preserving antiquated equipment and the expertise needed to use it. This rolling stock is located on a D&SNGRR siding in Silverton, Colorado.

Another way to go

Another Way to Go is the title of an album by the great Texas singer, songwriter, and musician Radney Foster released back in September of 2002. The album’s strikingly rendered cover features a photo of this very road sign. It was taken at this remote road fork at the northern end of the Davis Mountains in far West Texas.

The cliff dweller’s view

This natural alcove high on a canyon cliff contains ruins that were inhabited by people of the Mimbres Culture around 1300AD. This view from their home looks out across, appropriately, Cliff Dweller Canyon. The site is part of the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument in New Mexico.

The indian’s shadow

A business that sells Native American crafts has erected a two-story sign in the form of a cartoon Indian to direct prospective customers to there shop across the street. In late afternoon, it casts an interesting shadow on the wall of a building in downtown Durango, Colorado.

El Presidio

Tucson, Arizona traces its founding back to 1775 when the Spanish army established the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson. The present-day neighborhood that occupies that historic ground is called El Presidio and lies just north of downtown Tucson.