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Presidio San Agustin del Tucson, Tucson

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Presidio San Agustín del Tucsón was a presidio located within Tucson, Arizona. The original fortress was built by Spanish soldiers during the 18th century and was the founding structure of what became the city of Tucson. After the American arrival in 1856, the original walls were dismantled, with the last section torn down in 1918. A reconstruction of the northeast corner of the fort was completed in 2007 following an archaeological excavation that located the fort's northeast tower.

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  • Everyone was helpful and knowledgeable. Great historical place to visit. The demonstrations were something you don't see at other places. We went with our 1 year old and he was engaged with the...  more »
  • This is the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson. This is the time when the Mexicans took over and the Spanish were in control. The Presidio, the one in charge and he was Mexican. The Presidio, the one.....  more »
  • Asking the locals we met where was the best place to get a feel for Tucson's history the Presidio was their first choice and they of course were right. The original covered much of the downtown area, but was destroyed, partially by nature, partially by on going development. What you see now is a recreation, which includes an outline of the original walls at one corner of the original plus the remains of a Native American hut discovered during the construction. The entrance is through a door in an old row house and is easily missed. ADA entrance has to be arranged by ringing a bell and you are lead to an unpaved drive to a alternative entrance. Once inside there is a small gift shop and two rooms with exhibits. Once you pay the admission fee you are free to tour on your own or a docent is available to give you one. Take one from a docent who can explain the various sections, artifacts and exhibits. The most interesting part was the explanation of the making of red dye from cochineal a small insect parasite which lives on the prickly pear cactus. It was so valuable that the King of Spain claimed the right to all of it produced in the new world and it was the second most valuable export behind silver. The living quarters are well reproduced, showing both what a NCO would occupy and that of the ordinary soldier. There is a powder magazine, cooking and baking areas, armory and storehouses. Well worth the visit to get a sense of the early history of the Spanish in the area. To see the full reenactment of live in the Presidio, be there on the second Saturday of each month.
  • It is a small museum, but has interesting items. I highly recommend going to the Presidio when they are having one of the living history days, it's wonderful! But if you can't make it on one of those days, it is still a worthwhile stop.

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