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Tubac ArizonaTubac's history dates back to 1751 when the Spanish established the Tubac Presidio to protect their missions and settlers from the Indians. But, Tubac's history extends over two thousand years.

Tubac is now a tourist destination to explore the

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Tubac presidio MuseumThe Tubac Presidio State Historic Park did not close as planned on Monday, March 29, 2010.  A Public-Private Partnership allowed Arizona’s first state park to remain open to the public.

This is Arizona’s first State Park, Arizona’s oldest European community, and the oldest, best preserved Spanish Colonial Presidio site in Arizona. Read more about Tubac Presidio State Historical Park.

New Exhibit at Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Tubac ambulanceThe newest exhibit at the community-run Tubac Presidio is a rare original 1800’s period carriage called an ambulance.

It has been restored and modified to replicate the ambulance that Phocion R. Way, an engraver from Cincinnati, Ohio, rode on from Mesilla on the Rio Grande River to Tucson in June of 1858.

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Tubac, Arizona Restaurants

Dining out while visiting or living in Tubac offers several choices without driving too far. Find links to menus of restaurants in Tubac.

Tubac Center of the Arts

Tubac, Az. is an active artists' colony with more than 100 studios and galleries that display jewelry, ceramics, woodcarvings, painting and other products produced mostly in the area. The arts movement in Tubac began in 1948 when an art school opened and began the tranformation of its present day Tubac artist culture. A variety of work displayed by local Tubac artists. The Tubac Center of the Arts is located on Plaza Road, near the entrance of Tubac.

Anza Days Celebration in Tubac

A living history presentation on Anza's life will be on the main stage Saturday. On Sunday, Anza, portrayed by Don Garate of Tumacacori National Historical Park, and his troops will attend mass at Tumacacori mission and then will ride up the Anza Trail from Tumacacori Mission and arrive in Tubac about noon. He will give a presentation to the awaiting crowd on the journey that he, his troops and courageous settlers will begin to establish the Presidio at San Francisco in October 1775.

Tubac Information and Contacts

Tubac Chamber of Commerce
(520) 398-2704

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park
(520) 398-2252

Tubac History

In 1789, Arizona's first school was opened in Tubac. The United States took over Tubac after the 1854 Gadsden Purchase, but Tubac was nothing more than crumbling adobe riuns.

On March 3, 1859, the town came back to life when mining was started and the "Weekly Arizonan," Arizona's first newspaper, was published. But during the Civil War, the troops guarding the town were sent to fight and, once again, the Apache Indians raided and the town evacuated. Tubac regrew after that, but not until the mid-1950's when it slowly started to come to life with its new, artistic, identity.

The 2000 U.S. Population Census pegs Tubac with 949 residents living with a total area of 21.2 km (8.2 miles), situated in northwest Santa Cruz county, along the U.S.-Mexico International border by the Santa Cruz River.

The name Tubac is a Spanish corruption of the O'odham Indian phrase "s-cuk ba'a" or possibly "cu wa." The phrase means "black water" or "low place," respecitvely.

Tubac, AZ is 45 miles south of Tucson, Arizona. Take 1-19 exit 34

For more information about Tubac, visit the Tubac Chamber of Commerce web site at http://www.tubacaz.com or call (520) 398-2704.

Sources: wikipedia Tubac; Arizona Traveler's Handbook.

Ron Quinn gold bullionSearching for Buried Treasures in Tumacacori

A Two Year Odessey - Found 82 lbs. of Gold in Southern Arizona, by Ron Quinn.

"Searching for hidden treasures few have ever heard of, we discovered places that have never been visited by others to this day. We never lived the same day twice. Each day was a new, exciting adventure finding strange Indian caves, ancient stone walls and lost Spanish settlements. These two wonderful years would become the most adventurous times of our lives. Many years later the four finally unearthed a medium-size treasure south of Tucson, Arizona, which consisted of 82 pounds of Spanish gold bullion. Other trips were made throughout the years, but none as lengthy as our first two year odyssey around Arivca and Tumacacori, Arizona." Read chapters from Searching for Arizona's Buried Treasures.


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