Tubac and Tumacacori are two of the oldest communities in Arizona, boasting two of the first missions in the area dating from the 17th -18th century. Following are some interesting historys of the area.
How did Pennington Street in Downtown Tucson get its name? (a) Could it be named for some 19th century politician and merchant like Estevan Ochoa, who established a successful business supplying Indian reservations and U.S. Army forts northeast of Tucson? He served as mayor (1875-76) and has a downtown street … Continue reading
The Pima Indians, like most primitive cultures around the world that anthropologists study, the indigenous people who lived in the area around Mission Tumacácori in the 17th century referred to themselves simply as “People”.Continue reading
October 19, 2013 Every October, the dedicated Park Rangers at Mission Tumacacori National Historical Park and the volunteers & staff at El Presidio de Tubac, the first Arizona State Park, put on one fine reenactment of the Juan Batista de Anza Expedition: known today at Anza Day. In 1775, when … Continue reading
Come join the celebration every year which begins at Tumacácori and follows the Anza trail to Tubac. Watch this video we took of the festivities in 2011. Visit our page on Things to do in Tubac. Take a Day trip from Tucson to the Missions and beyond. … Continue reading
(August 2013) Recently I was given a tour of the historic Tubac Golf Resort. Years ago, Ms. Karen & I had played golf here on the original 18 holes. Now they have 27 holes & one of the best practice ranges in Southern Arizona. Kevin Costner filmed a portion of … Continue reading
If you’re looking for Tubac Lodging, we recommend Poston House Inn. It is a wonderful Bed & Breakfast for many reasons. First, and most important, innkeepers Mary & Don, are terrific … personable, professional, knowledgeable, & helpful. Secondly, they have created a pleasant & comfortable place for travelers to stay. … Continue reading
Summer 2013 – Neighbor Roy & I enter Stables Ranch Grille at Tubac Golf Resort with just enough local historical knowledge to be dangerous. Once past the thick mesquite front door we are walking on a cobblestone floor that is well over 200 years old. Had we been here back … Continue reading
The road from Amado to Arivaca winds through rolling, mesquite-covered hills. It’s obviously very popular with cyclists, motor and otherwise.
Just before we arrived in town, we came to the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge where, by appointment, we met and interviewed Richard Conway, a local geologist and Mary Scott, a seasoned birdwatcher and wildlife photographer.
Video tour of a Cold War Bunker, housing the Titan II Missile, the only one of its kind left.Continue reading
Each October the park hosts a commemorative Mass inside the Tumacácori mission church in conjunction with Tubac Presidio State Historic Park’s annual Anza Day celebration.Continue reading