The Mission at Tubares:
We crossed the new bridge and drove down to the Tubares Mission in the very small village of Tubares (maybe 12-15 casitas). The mission is a third the size of Satevo’, but has a beautiful bell tower. Most of the main walls have collapsed, destroyed by the heavy summer rains. During my last trip only two years ago the wall were intact. Collapsed now. Originally constructed in 1701 by Jesuit missionaries and the local Tubares natives. The Tubares culture is pre-hispanic and pre-Tarahumaran. To the south of the mission is a large grave site, marked by large headstones, several six feet tall or higher. Strangely many of the markers are dated in the 50’s. A three foot stone wall surrounds the cemetery, and is connected to the walls of the mission. The two main bells are laying in the cemetery, both severely cracked. Most likely from the fall when the original wooden supports collapsed from the heavy weight of the bells. The bells are dated 1806. The most prominent feature of the mission (and this area for several miles), is the bell tower, standing at least four stories tall and containing eight belfry's, each with a different bell.