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Tubac, AZ is where art and history meet

Tubac, Arizona has a very unique cultural, artistic and entertainment life.

Today, Tubac, Az. is more of an 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.

TubacTubac's history dates back to 1751 when the Spanish established the Tubac Presidio to protect their missions and settlers from the Indians. 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.

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Searching for Arizona's Buried Treasures

Ron Quinn gold bullionA 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 of us 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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