These historical sites, landmarks, and museums hold secrets of Tucson and southern Arizona's military history.
Visit the ruins at Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, the 18th-century Spanish colonial presidio, and at Fort Bowie, a key U.S. Calvary outpost during the territorial dispute with the local Apache Indian Nation. Tour the artifact-filled museum and ruins at Fort Lowell, established in 1873, and learn about the Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Huachuca Museum in Sierra Vista. Kids and seniors especially rave about the hands-on exhibits and tours at Pima Air & Space Museum, a world-famous museum of vintage and modern aircraft. Bring your camera to the AMARG Aircraft "Boneyard," and then tour the nation's only publicly accessible Titan II missile site. Tours of the "Boneyard," offered Mondays-Fridays (excluding federal holidays), must be reserved well in advance by email or phone (520-618-4805).
The five flags that have flown over Tucson -- United States of America, Spanish, Mexican, Confederate, and the State of Arizona -- are presented with the flags of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Tohono O'odham Nation every year at Presidio San Agustin del Tucson during a ceremony that commemorates the city's official founding on August 20, 1775.
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