What Are Some Facts About Tubac, Arizona?

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An interesting fact about Tubac, Arizona, is that a Spanish Jesuit priest named Father Francisco Kino came to this area in the 1690s and built a mission and also established ranches and farms. Prior to this time, the indigenous people, called the Pima and O'odham, lived in the area around Tubac.

Mission Guevavi was located in Tubac. Some other important historical events that occurred in Tubac were the uprising of the Pima people against the Spanish in 1751 and the establishment in 1752 of a fortress or presidio that was home to the first Spanish garrison in Arizona. Tubac was also a stopover area for people traveling from Mexico to California settlements. During the period between 1760 to 1776, a resident soldier named Juan Bautista de Anza II helped to build the chapel of Santa Gertrudis. He became famous later for leading an expedition to what is now San Francisco.

At present, Tubac is a small town situated in Santa Cruz County near the Santa Cruz River. Tubac is considered an artist colony and has nearly 90 galleries. Additionally, Tubac Center of the Arts offers many cultural activities, such as exhibitions and art classes. A popular attraction is the remains of Tubac Presidio located in the Tubac Presidio State Park. Some other destinations located near Tubac are Kartchner Caverns and the Smithsonian Whipple Observatory.