National Geographic : 1955 Feb
JL V U MEXICOCA IN STATUTE MILES O 50 100 150 SCALE FOR LARGE MAP INSTATUTE MILES " mie 9so miles tMission i Town with mission SOUTH AMERICA Bay= bahia, ensenada; Cape= cabo; Gulf=golfo; national Geographic Lower =baja; Peak = cerro; Western = occidental; Wam Palmstrom, Cartog 219 Sonora, Route of San Francisco's Settlers, Offers a New Paved Road to Central Mexico A popular figure is the Reverend Juan C. Barcelo, the Alamos parish priest until his transfer recently. In addition to his duties at the church he made a circuit of 300 miles, visiting 189 pueblos. When Mexican Government and Church were in conflict two decades ago, Father Barcelo hid out in the hills of Sonora. Together with 11 other student priests, he concealed his theological books, studying only at night, and rode and dressed as a working ranchero. "None of us shaved," Father Barcelo re calls. "We slept without blankets and had only beans to eat. Our leader was Juan Navarrete, the Bishop of Sonora, a brave and noble man. He washed his own clothes and sometimes milked cows." Father Barcelo was my guide to the Iglesia (church) de la Purisima Concepci6n, an aus tere stone building facing the plaza (page 230).