Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Between the years 1687 to 1711, the Jesuit, Eusebio Francisco Kino, founded missions in and around the Tubac area in Arizona.  His thought was to manipulate the local Native Americans into becoming Christians.  Tumacacori, which it 4 miles south of Tubac, was constructed in 1691, and the tiny settlement of Piman was used as a mission hacienda.  By the 1730’s, Spanish migrants inhabited the area, farming and cattle ranching.  In 1751 a gory rebellion devastated the town of Tubac, and a year later in June, the Presidio San Ignacio de Tubac was initiated.  Around 50 armed men were assigned to protect the presidio, and those living in the area.

“Juan Bautista de Anza II, second commander of the presidio, led two overland expeditions to the Pacific, resulting in the founding of San Francisco, in 1776. Several hundred colonists from the provinces of Sinaloa and Sonora, along with sixty from Tubac, made the trip. Over 1,000 head of cattle, horses and mules were also gathered to transport food supplies and tools, provide food on the journey and establish new herds once the colonists settled at their new home on the Pacific.  Following Anza's return to Tubac, military authorities moved the garrison from Tubac to Tucson in 1776, and the unprotected settlers abandoned their homes.”  (http://azstateparks.com/parks/tupr/index.html)

Tubac suffered many decades of attacks from the Apache because of no defense provided by any forces.  Because things got so bad, the presidio was reenergized in 1787 with Pima Indian troops and Spanish officers.  In 1821, after Mexico gained its sovereignty from Spain, another severe attack from the Apache left Tubac a ghost town once more.  This small town wouldn’t see life again until 1853 when it became an element of the Gadsden Purchase.  Thanks to Charles D. Poston buying the leader’s house and using it as his command center, many more followed.  He started Arizona’s original newspaper and it went to print for the first time in 1859.  Even though Tubac enjoyed being the most prevalent town in Arizona in 1860, the American Civil War needed the armies protecting the town to fight the war.  Once again, the Apache took advantage of the vulnerable settlement, attacked and left the place empty without a single soul around.  It tried to bounce back after the war, but the popularity and mines of Tombstone prevented that from happening.

“In 1974, archaeologists from the University of Arizona excavated portions of the presidio. In 1976, an underground archaeological display was finished and visitors can now view portions of the original foundation, walls, and plaza floor of the 1752 Commandant's quarters, as well as artifacts representing the various periods of Tubac's unique history.”

Website:  http://tubacpp.com/presidio.html

Territorial School House (1885)

Headquarters and Commander's Residence

Headquarters and Commander's Residence Ruins

Underground Archaeological Exhibit

Presidio Museum

Otero Hall (1914)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hozhoni: The Gathering Place

This picture was retrieved from their Facebook page.

The Hozhoni in Tubac, AZ, is known as the Gathering Place.  What exactly can you find in this establishment?  A variety of things from a coffee bar, ice cream parlor, bookstore, and reading room.  It is "an indie bookstore/spiritual center/art gallery serving Savagery coffee, Screamery ice cream & simply sensational home-baked goods" as stated on their Facebook page.  They even host a variety of events as well.  I gave them one of my travel books, a card, and purchased a delicious iced coffee.  It is a great place to hang out while in Tubac.

Check out their website and Facebook page:

Friday, April 17, 2015

Historic Old Tubac

What is found in historic old Tubac?  I walked along the street and took pictures for all too see.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sole Leather and Shoe Studio

The Sole Studio showcases the talents of  designer James Culver.  His "working leather studio" can be found in Tubac, AZ and has an online shop as well.  You will find an array of handbags, belts, wallets and shoes.  All the buckles are handmade with each handbag and belt designed with many creative patterns.  You will also find lots of boots, and other types of footwear.  They even have various types of gifts, jewelry, and other miscellaneous goodies.

Check out their website for more information and items for sale:  http://www.jamesculver.com/ and http://www.soleshoes.net/

These are the Taos turquoise leather sandals I bought.  They are protected by Aegis microbe shield which controls odor, staining and deterioration.  Check it their website: www.aegismicrobeshield.com

Monday, April 13, 2015

Lone Mountain Turquoise Company

Owned by the Winfield Family for three generations, this store is a Winfield Gallery triumph. The Lone Mountain Turquoise Company is a collection of over 3,000 artist works, featuring a colonnade of premium turquoise jewelry, rugs, pottery, paintings, baskets and sculptures.  Other Native American works of art are also highlighted.

Read about the Winfield family, how they began their business, and see their gallery of gorgeous items at their website:  http://www.lonemountainturquoiseco.com/

Inside the gallery.

The fire red opal ring with black stone inlay I bought for myself.
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