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First inhabited by indigenous people, Tubac has been home to a number of cultures. It became Arizona's first European settlement when the Presidio de San Ignacio de Tubac was established in 1752. It was the Gadsden Purchase of 1853, however, that brought the area under U.S. control. Charles Debrille Poston, the self-proclaimed "father" of Arizona, established a mining company here in 1856, but the ongoing Apache presence made life difficult in spite of the defense provided by two nearby military forts. After Geronimo's surrender in 1886, farming and ranching dominated local life until the 1940s when dude ranches attracted Eastern tourists and altered the local economy. Tubac took its first steps as an art colony when Dale Nichols started an art school here in 1948 and when the Santa Cruz Valley Art Association was founded in 1959. Since that time, the community has embraced its theme of "where art and history meet."
ISBN: 9780738578644
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Arizona
Series: Images of America
Images: 214
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Longtime Tubac resident and research consultant Shaw Kinsley collaborated with the Tubac Historical Society to showcase more than 200 vintage photographs collected from the society's own archives, Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, the PimerĂ­a Alta Historical Society, the Santa Cruz Valley Art Association, and various private collections. Mr. Kinsley and the Tubac Historical Society invite the reader to enjoy this glimpse into a community rich in history and culture.
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