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Families of Mexican pioneers hail move to protect access to historic Vail cemetery

The last access road to Bravo Leon Cemetery in Vail, the burial place of Mexican pioneers and generations of their descendants, will remain open to the public and be improved, after Pima County supervisors voted to maintain it.... Read more»

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Monthan Ranch Road, named for the family of one of the WW1 aviators that D-M AFB is named after, used to be in this area as well, just south of Leon Ranch Road.  It no longer exists due to Lago del Oro construction.  I was recently in this area looking for this very cemetery.  Asked at one of the model home areas but the agent there knew nothing about either road.  Finally did get to Leon Ranch Road via Rex Molly Road.  The road is narrow and was steep in one spot but I was able to access it in a 2WD vehicle.  Didn’t find the cemetery but realized later after looking at Google Earth that I hadn’t quite gone far enough north.  Happy to hear that the road will be improved and preserved.  Had Monthan Ranch Road been kept open access would have been easier from Lago del Oro Parkway.  But too late for that.

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The Bravo Leon Cemetery looks west and at sunset the horizon has a warm purple and reddish-orange hue that glows over the shadows of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

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