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Best Place For A 10-Minute Tour

El Tiradito Shrine

356 S. Main Ave.

STAFF PICK: No place captures the atmosphere of the Old Pueblo quite as well as the modest El Tiradito shrine, right next to El Minuto Café downtown. The story is that back in the late 1800s a philandering railroad worker was caught by a cuckolded husband and was chopped to pieces for his troubles. To add insult to injury, the husband then scattered those pieces along the Southern Pacific tracks leading to Mexico, thus leading to the name El Tiradito, "the little castaway"...and ultimately, to the only shrine devoted to a sinner in the entire Southwest. Light a candle there on a windswept night, and you just might catch a glimpse of him.