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Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, Tubac

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Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, located in Tubac, Arizona, USA, preserves the ruins of the Presidio San Ignacio de Tubac and various other buildings, thereby presenting a timeline of human settlement in this Southern Arizona town. The park contains a museum, a number of historic sites, an underground archeology exhibit displaying the excavated foundations of the Tubac Presidio, and a picnic area. Various cultural events are held on-site throughout the year, including Anza Days (October), Los Tubaqueños living history presentations (Sundays from October through March), archeological tours, and nature walks. Until recently, the park was administered by Arizona State Parks and was the first park in the Arizona state park system. As a result of budget cutbacks, the Tubac Presidio was scheduled to be closed in 2010, but was rescued by local residents and is now operated by the Tubac Historical Society and staffed with dedicated volunteers.HistoryAs the Spanish Empire attempted to expand into the frontiers of New Spain, Catholic missions were established throughout modern-day Mexico and the southwestern United States. Of these many churches, one was established at nearby Tumacácori in 1691 and Tubac, then a small Pima Indian village, was set up as a mission farm and ranch. Spanish colonists started to colonize the area in the 1730s; twenty years later the Pimas, led by Luis of Saric, led an uprising against the Spanish in 1751 and the settlement at Tubac was destroyed. A year later, the Pimas surrendered and the Presidio San Ignacio de Tubac was established to protect the town and the surrounding area from further rebellion. Tubac became the first European settlement in what today is the state of Arizona.
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  • Took some out of town visitors to see Tubac. We hadn't been in many years and I forgot just how interesting this place is. We all love learning about the history so everyone found it interesting.  more »
  • Great restoration. We especially enjoyed getting to see the underground foundations and excavations. This is a good place to visit if you are interested in archeology. They have a number of interestin...  more »
  • Great piece of Southwest history well-presented. Staff were helpful and knowledgeable. I like the self-guided tour concept so you can pace yourself to give most time to the parts that interest you mos...  more »
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  • Probably the best presidio in Arizona. Staff is very friendly and helpful. It is well laid out, but there is a lack of shade for the outdoor exhibits, which are excellent. The museum is nicely prepared and the items well lighted. They also have the first printing press to come to Arizona, with a short documentary explaining how it works. There are several buildings, so make sure you see them all, since the presidio changed over time as the Tucson presidio took over. We did not have the time, but there are several artists and artisan shops lining the street to the Tubac site. When the weather is nicer, they would be great to visit.
  • Though many tourists stop along Tubac's main shopping drag, real explorers continue east to the historic town Presidio where the true treasure lies. A national park that seeks to preserve the original general store, schoolhouse and even a local home to tell the story of the areas origins. The day we were there the blacksmith was on site demonstrating period practices and how life would have been for townspeople. We also got treated to a fantastic tour by a ranger where we saw artifacts from the museum and even got to wear gloves to hold some of the items. The gift shop is a wealth of books and trinkets that promise to delight as a souvenir or gift. Overall this is a fantastic place for tourists and locals alike!
  • Very friendly staff. Interesting local history. Great gift shop.
  • We were lucky and our visit coincided with a concert of classic folk music of Mexico and the Southwest. It was presented in the old school house and most of the attendees were local. The Trio Jarocho which played Vera Cruz style music was wonderful. I guess they play in various venues in Tucson.
  • Went here as an add on to a trip to Nogales. This is a deceptively large museum. The most interesting element to me was the underground excavation site of the original building. Fun notes for the chalkboards in the school and the population charts overtime. This site is now ran by a non profit and is certainly worth a visit.