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. Check out the list, then browse the excerpts.
Jean England Neubauer set out to write a family cookbook. She ended up writing a wonderful book of local history, spiced up with family recipes from the Santa Cruz Chili & Spice Co. I received this new book in the mail today. I could not put it down. This is …Continue reading
On a hot day in July 2023, Ms. Karen wanted to go to Nogales to visit the Pimeria Alta Historical Museum. She had seen an advertisement for a new Old Postcard Exhibit. It sounded interesting so we used it as an excuse to go. This museum is about Northern Sonora, …Continue reading
On a Saturday in mid-November 2022, Ms. Karen and I ventured to Tubac Presidio for a Cast of Characters Tour. This tour runs Saturdays until the end of the year but sign up early. Billed as a docent-led tour of the historical characters from Tubac’s storied past, it was led …Continue reading
In 1775, along the East Coast of North America between what would become the states of New Hampshire and Georgia, America’s founding fathers were busy fomenting rebellion against the King of England, ruler of the 18th century’s global superpower. In the Western region of the North American continent, what is …Continue reading
The Santa Cruz River is about 184 miles long. It begins in the high grasslands of the San Rafael Valley east of Patagonia, AZ. At first, it runs south into Sonora Mexico for several miles before it changes its mind and
Located some 50 miles south of Tucson Arizona, Mission Tumacácori is rich in history. Before becoming a National Historic Site, it served as a Spanish mission in the Pimería Alta, Land of the Upper Pimas. It barely survived a revolt by the Pima Indians in 1751 and eventually was abandoned due …Continue reading
How did Pennington Street in Downtown Tucson get its name? (a) Could Pennington Street 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 …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”.
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.