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Presidio San Agustin del Tucson

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Address: Court Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85702-1334
Phone Number: 520-837-8119
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Live History at the Presidio San Agustin!

Tucson's original Spanish...

Live History at the Presidio San Agustin!

Tucson's original Spanish Presidio was founded in 1775 and is located in the heart of Tucson's Old Town. This reconstruction on the original site shows what life was like in early Tucson in the 1700's and 1800's and is FREE. Museum exhibits tell about the activities of early settlers and show how they would have lived. Docents are available to answer questions. On given days Living History interpreters in period clothing bring life inside the walls of the fort as they churn butter, weave, forge iron and perform soldier drills. An original Sonoran row house from Arizona's Territorial period house the gift shop and Museum. Donations are appreciated.

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History recreated and very well done at that

Step back in time by walking through the gates into the old Spanish Presidio..well part of it anyway, but great attention to historical detail. Take your time and enjoy it while... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
HavocDog
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Texas

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Step back in time by walking through the gates into the old Spanish Presidio..well part of it anyway, but great attention to historical detail. Take your time and enjoy it while learning more than you ever did in class.

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Thank HavocDog
Tucson, Arizona
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great little combo of a recreation of a bastion of the original Presidio San Augustin and a restored row house. Very nice display of the Spanish Colonial history of Tucson. Definitely worth a visit if you are interested in history. Very nice living history demonstrations on the 2nd Saturdays of October thru April. They even fire off a cannon.

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Thank W Mark C
Albany, New York
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

While this site only recreates/preserves a portion of the original Presidio, it does a great job showing how the Spanish (and later Mexican) garrison lived and coped with what would have been a distant outpost. The docent was very helpful at explaining both the displays and giving tips about local restaurants (especially El Charro) .

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Mesa, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

A look back into AZ history. The site of a Spanish Fort founded in the 1700's. Excavations have shown that Native Americans had lived on the site before the Spanish established the fort. Only a small section of the fort has been reconstructed. During much of the year a monthly living history program is held.

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New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

The Presidio is an important part of Tucson's history and depicts what life was like for the early Spanish soldiers and their families in what was then a very remote frontier. You can see where they lived and worked, thanks to a guided tour. You can also do the tour on your own with a little booklet that comes with... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016 via mobile

Allow 1 to 2 hours for a self guided tour. More if the volunteers that reenact the historical events. All this for a very reasonable price of $3.

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Chandler, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

What a hidden gem, virtually stumbled across this while having lunch at La Cocina across the street (which is also good ;-) Apparently The Presidio Trust took over from city of Tucson in May 2015, and it's now run by volunteers and supporters , they're doing an amazing job recreating the past history of the Spanish colonial era in Tucson.... More 

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Osage Beach, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016

Last year it was free. Tucson, (the city) took over the management. Cost is $3 per person. What you see is all rebuilt. Yes, there is the history of the Presidio, and you can remnants of the original walls, but it really isn't worth a special trip unless you are in the area.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Historic preservation of part of U.S. history in the southwest. Very interesting and informative tour by the volunteer docent. Well worth the $3 entry fee and 1-2 hours. Living History days, normally the second Saturday of each month, were recommended for our next visit. The Presidio is the starting point for the "Turquoise Trail", a 2.5 mile walking tour of... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Amazingly this presidio from the late 1700s was a parking lot and only recently unearthed and reconstructed. It is the start of the Turquoise Trail in Tucson. This trail is similar to the Freedom Trail in Boston. It is marked by a turquoise stripe on the city sidewalks. It goes for about 3 miles throughout downtown Tucson marking over 20... More 

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