Louise Speaks: Being that we live in Arizona, I thought it would be interesting to go to ALL the county seats in the state. That way we could say we truly have toured and blogged about the entire state of Arizona. There are currently 15 counties in Arizona, and this is our last county seat. It’s taken almost 4 years to do this, but only because we only do these county seats as we are heading to somewhere else. The last few counties we have taken day trips and just visited the county seat because we wanted to end this project of visiting all 15 counties. We never thought this day would get here….County Seat Project Completed!!
Nogales is right on the Arizona / Mexico border. In fact there is a Nogales Arizona and a Nogales Mexico. It is the closest Mexican port to the Phoenix metropolitan area. Due to its location on the border and its major ports of entry, Nogales funnels an estimated $30 billion worth of international trade into Arizona and the United States, per year, in fresh produce and manufactured goods from Mexico. While on our RV trip to Patigonia, we took a day trip to Nogales in order to complete this project of visiting all 15 counties of Arizona. Santa Cruz is a county in southern Arizona. As of the 2015 census , the population of Nogales was only 46,461. The county was established in 1899. The courthouse itself was built in 1904 and looks just beautiful after all these years. Nogales borders between southern Arizona and northwestern Mexico. Santa Cruz County, was formed on March 15, 1899, out of what was then Pima County, (see Pima County Seat Post). The county is named after the Santa Cruz River, which was named in the late 17th century by Father Kino. Santa Cruz means “holy cross” in Spanish. After that Father Kino built the famous mission which still stands today at the Tumacacori National Historical Park, which we have posted about separately.
As I had blogged about earlier, when we went to Pena Blanca Lake we had to go through Nogales. Turning the wrong way when going to the lake and we could have ended up in Mexico. Other than crossing the border to go into Mexico there is not much to see or do in Nogales, but today visiting Nogales, completed a four year project and for that I am grateful.