Burning The Candle At One End

The Little Castaway

In 1880, young Juan Oliveras of Tucson was caught in an amorous act with his mother-in-law by her husband who chased his son-in-law down and killed him. Oliveras was buried where he fell. Soon, local women came to the spot to pray that he be forgiven, and, over time it became a shrine for parents with flirtatious daughters, who lit candles and made a wish their daughters would remain chaste. Today “El Tiradito” or The Little Castaway has become a shrine for all kinds of wishes. And, local legend says If the candle burns through the night your wish will be granted. Oh, and by the way, there’s great Mexican food next door at El Minuto.