Santa Ana, Sonora
Santa Ana is the name of the city and municipality (a political division similar to a county in the United States) where it is located. The city of Santa Ana has a population of approximately 15,000 residents, with the municipality having a total of more than 20,000.
The city is located at a major crossroads of Mexico highways 15 and 2, about 72 miles south of Nogales, and it is a city that visitors pass through on their way to Hermosillo to the south, Nogales to the north, or to points west like Caborca, Puerto Peñasco, Mexicali or Baja California.
Santa Ana had its origins as a Pima Indian settlement along the Rio Magdalena, and in the late 1600’s, a mission church founded by Jesuit priests brought more Pimas to the area.
With the arrival of the Sonoran Railroad in 1883, the settlement became the town of Santa Ana, and the municipality of Santa Ana was established in 1935.
The original Jesuit adobe mission is long gone, although the city currently has a beautiful neo-Gothic church, La Parroquía Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, which is located on the main town plaza.