Saturday, June 20, 2015

Descanso for Jr. Sebben

Descanso for
Jack richard (Jr.) Sebben

May 2, 1982 - June 21, 2004

White metal cross with vinyl sticker lettering.

Photos taken February 2006 by Brad Pease
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Text copied from the link below.
JR Sebben 5-2-82 to 6-21-04.
Very near to the center of the Barry Goldwater gunnery range at GPS location 32 35.983N 112 52.221W.

"Jack Richard, (JR) Sebben, born May 2, 1982 in Phoenix, AZ died in an automobile accident on June 21, 2004. JR had a special talent for drawing, carpentry, and making people laugh! He will be missed so much by his - Mom, Cheryl, Dad, Patrick, Sister, Rachel, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, many friends and his three children. Published in the Arizona Republic from 6/24/2004 - 6/25/2004".

Map - Photos taken in same area:

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Descanso for Elisa B. Loza

Elisa B. Loza

Plaque reads June 19, 1941 - September 29, 2001
"Recuerdo de tu familia quien de extrañamos mucho aunque te fuiste muy pronto te lluevamos en nuestros pensamientos y en nuestro corazones."

Roughly translated,
"Remembered by your family who misses you much. You left to soon, we bear you in our thoughts and our hearts."
[this is a rough translation. sorry if I got anything wrong]

Photo taken in February 2006.
Sonoran Desert, USA

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Montaña Peak Area Descanso with Cow

Ramon Redondo

Born in 1899, possibly the original descanso was created 1934.

Painted silver over wrought iron. The name is pounded into the metal using what looks like a metal punch, creating outline for the letters.

On an old curving road, the cattle roam free. This descanso is nested under a tree. This area is very close to the border with Mexico. It is very curvy, and doesn't really go anywhere except grazing country for the cattle.

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This is a map of the 2006 trip.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sonoran Desert Descanso

Lorena R. Galvez
Wrought Iron Cross

Southeastern Arizona
shot February, 2006

Painted white over wrought iron, this descanso rests at the foothills of a mountain.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Southeast Arizona Descanso

Southeast Arizona, west of Tucson

Dramatic skies highlight this descanso in the Sonoran Desert. Almost being watched over by a Saguaro cactus.

I could not see a name or date. I am always careful not to disturb the memorials.

Sometime i will water plants, or fix an item, after i am done taking photos.

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Baja California, Mexico - Truck Cab Descanso

Descanso for Hector E Gastelum

Baja California, Mexico - near El RosarioJuly 2010

From what appears to be a horrific accident in 2000, this memorial is a good distance from the highway. I can't assume how far this is from the original accident.

Well tended, keeping his memory alive, there is a candle burning in the mock cab of the truck descanso. I imagine the passion for keeping this memory bright, in the building and maintenance of this site.

Traveling this main road down the peninsula, trucks dominate the road. Maybe drivers are under a lot of pressure to deliver on time, but there were to many dangerous close calls for me with large trucks. I have seen a number of accidents with trucks off the road. This road is really a narrow two lane highway and the only option for commerce.

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Google Map Location:'24.3%22N+115%C2%B014'09.8%22W/@29.9046772,-115.2244253,11z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0?hl=en

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Anthony Acosta Descanso, Hit and Run: Boy on a Bicycle

Descanso for Anthony Acosta
Yuma, Arizona
A 15 year old boy was hit on his bicycle on January 13, 2011. The driver fled the scene, and was later arrested. Driver received probation under a plea agreement, dismissing the 'leaving-the-scene" charge.

Photos taken in January 2011
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What are the Laws in Your State for Roadside Memorials

Boise Weekly article

ACHD Considers Regulating Roadside Memorials 


Some states are limiting or banning Roadside Memorials

Fears that they are distractions, unsafe, or even religious.

Getting Started

I should have started this a long time ago. I have been photographing Roadside Memorials [Descansos] for years now. Usually southwestern United States and Baja California and Baja California Sur in Mexico.

As I record this public mourning and memorials, I am always respectful, and careful not to make my photos just pretty images at the expense of someone's loss. I share many photos on

North of Mulegé

Nearing Santa Rosalia, Baja California Sur