"First European town in Arizona, St. Ann's church" Tubac Things to Do Tip by matcrazy1
Tubac Things to Do: 33 reviews and 161 photos
In 1691 Jesuit priest Eusebio Francisco Kino established a mission farm and ranch at Tubac, the site of a small Piman village. It was the first European settlement in Arizona. Spanish colonists began settling the area in the 1730s raising cattle, sheep and goats along the Santa Cruz River. This area of New Spain (southern Arizona and northern Mexico) was called the Pimerķa Alta (upper land of the Pimas).
Nowadays there is a very charming parish Saint Ann's church built by Bavarian carpenter in historic part of Tubac adjacent to park grounds. I liked especially wooden top of its tower. I was looking for an old cemetery by the church but there was none. I've got to know that some graves were transferred to the Tubac town cemetery (established around 1800), some are probably hidden beneath the church floor.
The current church building was opened to Roman catholic parishioners in 1917. The first church (Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis) was built at this sight in 1761 - 1767 by Spanish soldier and explorer Juan Bautista de Anza II (real Spanish name :-). The second church was erected in 1912 and called St. Ann's, but rainstorms two years later caused it to collapse.
Warning: the church is closed except for holy service (see picture 2) and events called St. Ann's Church Open House.
Address: 18 Calle Baca, Tubac, AZ 85646
Directions: Next to Tubac Presidio State Historical Monument. Map: follow the link below.
Phone: +1 (520) 398-2646
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