Walking Tour of Mission Gardens, Mission San Agustín, and S-cuk Son
October 14, 9-11 am
Tucson’s founding began with the siting of the Tucson Presidio in 1775. TheSpanish Captain Hugo O’Oconór authorized construction of this fort above the east bank of the Santa Cruz River to protect the O’odham settlement of S-cuk Sọn (from which we get the name Tucson) and Mission San Agustín (in use by1773), located across the river to the west beneath Sentinel Peak (“A” Mountain).
Tour guide Chuck Graf, long-time supporter of the Presidio Museum and docent and board member at Mission Garden, will lead this easy walking tour, which will explore the site of Mission San Agustín, speculate on the exact location of S-cuk Sọn, and tour the modern-day reconstruction of Mission Garden, the walled Spanish orchard and garden that served the mission complex.
Mission Garden is a living agricultural museum of heritage fruit trees, traditional local heirloom crops, and edible native plants that celebrates the more than 4000 years of continuous cultivation. Mission Garden’s showcasing of Tucson’s diverse cultural, historical, and culinary traditions is a key reason for designation of the city in 2015 as the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the United States.
***This tour begins at Mission Gardens, 946 W. Mission Lane, Tucson, AZ, 85745