EL PRESIDIO REAL de SAN AGUSTÍN del TUCSON
The Tucson Presidio was established in August 1775 by Spanish Army Colonel Hugo O'conor. The soldados and their families moved north from Tubac sometime during Octoberl of 1776. The fort was first enclosed with a wood palisade, and by 1783, after a large Apache assault, by an eight to-twelve foot high adobe wall that was about 700 ft to a side.
The Presidio remained in use until the Americans entered Tucson in March 1856, and was quickly dismantled afterwards. The last standing segment of the wall was torn down in 1918. In the years since efforts were made to locate and mark the walls.
Archaeological excavations at the presidio site, at the corner of Court and Washington Streets
in downtown Tucson,were completed in February 2006.
Construction includes the 20 foot tall
adobe tower (torreon) and the high
adobe walls. This reconstruction incorporates a Sonoran
Row House on Court St. as
a museum and gift shop.
On the south side of the presidio corner is
a large mural wall that provides a "view" into the remainder of the 11-acre presidio.
Monday-Sunday 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. October-May
Thursday – Sunday
10:00a.m. to 3:00p.m June-September
Phone number: 520-837-8119
187 N. Court St. Tucson AZ
Location: corner of Washington and Court Streets in downtown
Tucson. During the week parking is available in a nearby
; metered parking is available on nearby streets. On weekends and after 5pm street parking is free.
TUCSON PRESIDIO TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION
The Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation was founded in 1984 by Lewis Hall, who had 2 goals; to raise awareness of southern Arizona's Spanish and Mexican heritage and to push for the reconstruction of
portions of the adobe-walled fortress that stood in what is now downtown Tucson, established in 1775 and in
use until 1856.
Mr. Hall passed away in 1998 before seeing his dream take shape. With the support of local voters, the City of Tucson reconstructed the north-east
corner of the Royal Presidio de San Agustín del Tucson. In cooperation the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation,
the Tucson Presidio Trust has acted as a friends organization, bringing life into the adobe walls with our
living history program, developing educational programs, and financially assisting the programs of the Presidio.
Become a member of the Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation.
Be a part of preserving Tucson's past.