History comes to life in a vibrant neighborhood holding some of the city's best kept secrets.
Irishman Hugo O'Connor, who worked for the Spanish crown, established the Tucson Presidio (fort) in August 1775. It later changed hands when Mexico won independence from Spain. Then, in 1853, Tucson became a part of the United States with the Gadsden Purchase.
Today, Old Town Artisans spans a historic block and features local, regional, and Latin American artists along with La Cocina, an authentic cantina bar, and restaurant where you can relax during the day and get wild at night. El Charro Café, purportedly the oldest Mexican food restaurant in the country and birthplace of the chimichanga, resides nearby and is sure to delight any foodies seeking real Mexican fare. Or take a stroll through The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block for a fantastic and enlightening art experience.
Nowhere do Tucson's past and it's present intertwine like in the Presidio.
Celebrating Tucson's UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation, The Presidio District Experience: A Progressive Food Heritage and History Tour is a walking and tasting tour that includes stops at four locations in the Presidio District. Participants experience Tucson's complex food heritage and the fusion of Old and New World ingredients while hearing great stories of Tucson's history in some of it's more historic locations. The tour fills quickly and pre-registration and tickets are required. More information is available on TucsonPresidio.com.
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