The title is about my best attempt at poetry. I will continue the tour of Hacienda de Canoa today with more history of the area after it became part of the United States. The first mention of this site came about in 1775 when Captain Juan Baptista De Anza went along the route from Tucson to San Francisco with 239 people establishing churches in Native villages. Friar Garces gave it the name of La Canoa from the canoe-like water troughs dug out of the cottonwood trees by the local Pima Indians.
It's always been interesting to me that the Catholic Church tried to convert all of the Indians to their religion. This area was no exception.
There were a few different owners who raised cattle here until it was sold to Mr. Manningin 1912. This original homestead was built by Mr. Manning in the 1930's as he enlarged his holdings. He and his son ran the ranch until in 1951, when a tragic accident happened. His son was killed in a head on collision on the highway. Mr. Mannings zest for the ranch disappeared as he began selling off parcels.
THIS is the blacksmith shop. It looked more like a house to me. The small section on the left actually IS a house. The sign said Congressman Raul Grivalja grew up here. His family lived in this house when his father came from Mexico as part of the original Bracero Program.
It's a great venue for a quilt show, but being more interested in the history and the cattle ranch, I was a little distracted. I really didn't get enough quilt pictures and I didn't buy one single thing from the vendors. That's a first!!