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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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  • We visited Tubac during the Festival in early December. The town and festival were great. A highlight for us --being history buffs and life-long learners--was the Presidio Park. We attended two talks:...  more »
  • We visited here with family over Thanksgiving weekend. While it was a decent drive from Tucson it was completely worthwhile. We toured the entire grounds and outbuildings but the presidio excavation s...  more »
  • The part of the Presidio remaining is an exhibit showing a portion of the foundation. However, the museum is very good and worth a visit if you are interested in Arizona/Southwestern history. 
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  • 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.
  • Great Historical site. Very accomodating for handicapped
  • Having visited a fair amount of art communities, street fairs, galleries and the like, Tubac has a lot to offer. You can find custom design jewelry, home decor, yard art, fine art, incredible food, and great atmosphere. History buffs will swoon over the Presidio museum. Take the tour, it's worth it. October through April tend to be the best weather.
  • The first state park of Arizona that was victim of budget cuts lost funding in 2010 but luckily remains open with the help of volunteers. Interesting historic site of one of the first European settlements in the state. Worth walking around or at least checking out the visitors center.
  • The 1st Arizona State Park has engaging exhibits throughout the park. Especially the grounds tendered by a master gardener. Everywhere one looks there is a stimulation of the senses being able to envision the past enveloped by today.