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Gremmler's Memorial Tour to Green Valley area - October 22-23, 2010


Our club members, their Model “A” Fords, and beautiful weather made for a wonderful fall tour and overnight outing.  

Friday morning found our group at Kennedy Park for a quick discussion of the tour. We had 21 members, along with the Edward’s very well behaved granddaughter, participate this weekend with 9 Model Fords and a modern van providing the transportation from Tucson to Tumacacori and back.

The event started with a visit to San Xavier del Bac Mission, its gift shop and museum. It is the oldest intact European structure in Arizona.

Next stop was the Asarco Mineral Discovery Mine, the gift shop and exhibit center. Our guide gave us the history of the copper mine as we were bused to an observation point and also while we were looking into the huge open pit.   The pit has been excavated to over a quarter of a mile deep. After our group picture in front of an 11 foot tire that came from one of the working trucks far below, we were on the bus again to the south mill where we entered the facility to see where copper ore is ground into powder and the copper minerals are separated by a froth flotation process.

After lunch at the Desert Diamond Buffet, we stopped at the Green Valley Pecan Company and then drove to our motel in Green Valley.

When check-in was completed, we jumped back in our cars and drove to the home of Steve McNeally to look at his antique and classic cars along with newly restored tractors. A unique item being built was an electric Model T.

Saturday morning brought several first time “A” members to the Titan Missile Museum. Our guide gave a history of the missile site making sure he got things right because Ron, who worked there with the Air Force when it was built, was listening to all he said. Then, not knowing better, our guide put Betty Trimble at the control panel with the all important activation key.

It was another beautiful day as we toured to Tumacacori. There we visited the Mesquite Saw mill with an informative talk by the owner’s wife and a walk through the wood working buildings and stacks of mesquite wood.

The rest of the afternoon included the Santa Cruz Chili and Spice Store, the Tumacacori Mission and Tubac for all those stores and shops that needed to be seen.

Any outing or tour is only as good as the people who participate. What a great group of people attended this overnighter. Ron Edwards and I want to thank each and every one for making this a very fun event.


Chuck Thim














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