|General Store in Tubac, Arizona. (Julianne G. Crane)|
The recorded history of Tubac dates back to 1691 when Padre Kino established a mission at Tumacacori and the Tubac area became a mission farm and ranch. Established as a community in 1752, Tubac is sits in south central Arizona, 45 miles south of Tucson, just east of I-19 at exit 34.
It lies in the Santa Cruz River Valley and is bordered by Santa Rita, Tumacacori and San Cayetano Mountains. By the mid-1800s the area boomed with the discovery of gold in the nearby mountains.
|Jimmy Smith looking through pottery. (Julianne G. Crane)|
This internationally known artist community, with numerous historic sites, hosts a variety of special events annually including: Festival of the Arts (February); Art Walk (March); Anza Days (October); Art Experience (November); Luminarias (December).
|Artisan jewelry in General Store|
|Plaza Road in Tubac, Ariz. (Julianne G. Crane)|
Tubac’s fortunes rose and fell with the establishment and withdrawal of military forces from 1752 through the surrender of Geronimo in 1866.
|Tubac Center of the Arts on north of Plaza. (Julianne G. Crane)|
For more information:
Tubac Chamber of Commerce: www.tubacaz.com
To learn more about the nearby Tumacacori Mission click here for a post on RV Short Stops.
And for more about other local places to visit, click on: the Santa Cruz Chili & Spice Co. and the Tumacacori Outpost, with its hodge-podge of antiques and collectibles.
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To read more writing by Julianne G. Crane, go to RVWheelLife.com