Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum, 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 the Tubac Historical Society. It is now operated by The Friends of the Presidio and staffed with dedicated volunteers.
As 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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  • I decided to pop in a Saturday and was greeted very politely. There are plenty of hidden gems. The bookstore at Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum is a great place to find some unique...  more »
  • When visiting Tubac and you want to get to know its history, you've got to stop here. It took me around 45 minutes to complete the early, self-guiding tour and I was kept interested the entire time.....  more »
  • I really enjoyed this state parks. It was cool to learn that this was the first one! The schoolhouse was the really fun. Loved reading all the old rules the teachers as well as a student's had. Great stuff in the museum.
  • This is a wonderful small historical park that you tour at your own pace. The videos were very informative, the staff engaging and helpful, and the book shop wonderful. We'll definitely return with friends when they visit us now that we live nearby.

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