Pacific Coast Souvenir, 1888.


32. MISSION SAN XAVIER, ARIZONA. The mission San Xavier, at Tucson, is now over a century old, and is a type of what has been rather than what is, as to both its architecture and its interior embellishments. It has the gaudy decorations, the quaint towers, the chimes of old bells, the statues, and the bad paintings peculiar to the Spanish church architecture of last century. The old bells still call the few straggling Indians that remain in the country to worship within its crumbling walls.

33. WAWONA. Wawona is the title of that particular Big Tree through whose heart the coach-and-six drives with so much ease and room to spare. It is situated on a gently sloping hillside, toward the southern portion of the Mariposa grove of giants (Sequoia Gigantea). When the gazer stands by the lead-horses' heads, and looks back through the aperture partially filled by the stage, allowing his eye to wander a bit on either side, he is bound to reach the conclusion that this is indeed a Big Tree; but California has some trees quite a good deal larger than this.

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