Last time we were driving around the Sulphur Springs Valley of Southeastern Arizona, and we stopped for dinner at Margie’s Corner Cafe. But we promised to show you the rest of the day, so here it comes!
Just south of Sunsites is the old-time town of Pearce. Is it a ghost town? Pretty near. In fact, Old Town Pearce sits along the Ghost Town Trail there in the valley.It was Sunday, and nothing was open. In fact, much of what’s there to see is on public display only in November! That’s OK – we were there, we looked, we took pictures, and you get to see them.
The old store in Pearce is a central point, and every November, the weekend of Thanksgiving, the store is open as a museum for Pearce Heritage Days.For more pictures of our visit to Old Town Pearce, we invite you to visit our Pearce Ghost Town Web Album.
As we drove around Old Peace, we found the Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church. The church has been closed and out of its original service for several years. However, it is recognized for its service to the community, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. The church was built in 1893. Today it is being used by the Sunsites Memory Project as a headquarter for planning future civic happenings.
Shortly after visiting the church, we met a local resident who was walking his dog. He told us the interior of the old church was nicely intact. We talked about the weather and the storms headed our way. He told us that the rain will probably be split by a mountain, moving north to Sunsites and south to the valley beyond, missing Old Pearce as it has done regularly in the past. I guess we’ll see, as the major California storms are moving in with a vengeance. If we don’t drown, we'll stay with you on … Our Life on Wheels!