133 W. Washington Street
Tucson, AZ 85701
Hours of operation: 10:00 am- 4:00 pm, Wednesday-Sunday
Contact: West Park District at Quincie-Douglas
1575 E. 36th St, 85713
Tucson, AZ 85713
Located downtown at Washington and Church Streets, the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson is a re-creation of the northeast corner of the original 1775 Spanish presidio or fort.
A self-guided tour explains features including a munitions room, torreón (tower), commissary, and living space for soldiers and their families. An open Hohokam pit house is found on site, along with an interpretation of features that came before the Hohokam period.
A beautiful mural depicts early residents of the Presidio. A Territorial-era plaza, zaguán (breezeway), and Sonoran-style streetscape are also featured. Original period row houses along Court Street contain an exhibit space and gift shop. Natural landscaping reflecting the period surrounds the outside walls, as well as a remnant of a boarding house that was located on the site. The presidio wall can also be traced as it existed downtown by following “adobes” set along the former wall path
Living History Days
On some Saturdays from fall to spring, costumed volunteers from the Tucson Presidio Trust and Parks and Recreation docents hold “Living History” demonstrations on baking and cooking in the adobe horno (outdoor oven), food and medicine, spinning and weaving, woodworking, and leathermaking. Spanish colonial soldiers also practice military drills.
Volunteering at the Presidio
The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Garrison is looking for men who would like to interpret 18th Century soldiers. The Garrison portrays Catalonian volunteer light infantry, presidio soldiers and dragoons of Spain, all who occupied these walls at one time. Interested individuals should contact Rick Collins through the Presidio at 837 8119, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Engraved 8.5” x 11” commemorative bricks are available for a donation of $1,000.00 each, or $250.00 for ¼-brick.
These bricks are installed in the Mexican Territorial Placita path that wraps around the historic fig tree in the park.
Commemorative Brick Donation Form (pdf).
- For information on the Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation, calendar of events, and PHOTOS: www.tucsonpresidiotrust.org
- Centennial Park Project Brochure (pdf)
- The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson plays host to various Tucson’s Birthday events each August. For information on Tucson’s Birthday events: www.tucsonsbirthday.org