San Rafael, Arizona

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San Rafael, Arizona
Ghost town
San Rafael is located in Arizona
San Rafael
San Rafael
Location within the state of Arizona
San Rafael is located in the United States
San Rafael
San Rafael
San Rafael (the United States)
Coordinates: 31°44′14″N 112°1′27″W / 31.73722°N 112.02417°W / 31.73722; -112.02417Coordinates: 31°44′14″N 112°1′27″W / 31.73722°N 112.02417°W / 31.73722; -112.02417
CountryUnited States
Elevation2,172 ft (662 m)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (MST)
Area code(s)520
FIPS code04-63660
GNIS feature ID24598[1]

San Rafael, is a ghost town in Pima County, Arizona, United States.


On November 24, 1865, San Rafael, then a ranching community, was the site of a raid, by a large Sonoran force of about 350 Opata volunteers under the command of Col. Refugio Tanori, an Opata leader commissioned in the Mexican Imperial Army, that left an American citizen wounded. It was believed to be an attempt to capture Sonora Governor Ignacio Pesquiera, who had fled the advance of French troops, taking refuge in Arizona Territory.[citation needed]