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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  • My husband and I enjoyed the history that has been preserved in this museum/park as we traveled through the various buildings which depicted the previous culture and dwellings of this area of Tubac. D...  more »
  • Santa Cruz County, Arizona has rich history dating back to 2,00 years ago where the Tubac Presidio Park is home to many historical artifacts that will take you back to the early 1700's where it is als...  more »
  • Very well done historical site!!! First state park in AZ! Park staff among the best— friendly, knowledgeable and efficient! The archaeological dig that was preserved was very interesting. The Museum w...  more »
  • This was my first visit to the Presidio. It is set up well and for the $5 entrance fee, well worth the time to go through it. There is 2000 years worth of history here. The museum has an amazing amount of artifacts. I came here to see the ambulance (wagon) and was not disappointed. Its in beautiful shape and you can touch it! Unheard of in most museums. Plan on at least an hour to 2 hours to go through everything. The employees are very knowledgeable and friendly.
  • Cute town! Did the 4 mile trail in Mt. Bike had fun.. beautiful homes
  • Very nice museum with lots of interactive exhibits. One of the few museums that encourage you to touch the exhibits. The volunteer staff are nice and very helpful and Shannon the Museum Director is great to deal with. Where else can you spend hours in a museum for $5.00
  • A must see. Beautifully exhibited museum with artifacts ranging from 1600s to 1940. They also offer special programs and have a wonderful gift shop. It is also an archaeological site and has a delightful picnic area.
  • Love this historical park! So interesting and incredible special!

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