El Presidio Real de San Agustín del Tucson
Corner of Washington and Church Sts., Tucson
HOURS: Wed.–Sun. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Experts on the history, lifeways, and architecture of the original Spanish settlers of the Tucson valley have re-created a portion of the old Presidio de San Agustín del Tucson at the downtown corner of Washington and Church Streets.
Within the newly raised adobe walls there’s a large, realistic mural depicting daily life in and around the fort; the details are all historically accurate, and there are a few dark, cool adobe rooms set up in period style to show visitors what life was like on the far, lonely northern edge of the Spanish Empire circa 1776, when an Irishman working for the crown rode north to Tucson from Tubac to establish the fort in an effort to outrun Apache predations.
During the week parking is available in a nearby parking garage on Alameda Street; metered parking is available on nearby streets. On weekends, street parking is free.
© Tim Hull from Moon Tucson, 1st Edition