El Tiradito rests in the heart of one of Tucson’s oldest neighborhoods, Barrio Viejo. The shrine has a wild history behind it, and precise accounts vary, but at the heart of it is a doomed love triangle, that ended with a jealous husband murdering his wife’s young illicit lover, named Juan, sometime as far back as the 1870s. El Tiradito itself means ‘The Castaway’, a direct reference to this fallen spirit doomed to roam the barrio. Not long after, the adobe structure there became a frequented site, at which visitors would leave prayers written on paper and stuffed into the cracks in the wall, and candles often left behind to burn in the cool desert air.
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