El Presidio Historic District provides many of the answers as to why Tucson is the city it is today. Presidio Museum tour guide Ken Scoville leads this tour, which explains how the geography of the area influenced our changing relationship with water and our desert environment as each cultural group from prehistoric to historic settled in the area. The homes they constructed responded to and later denied the desert environment. The constant pressure for change and real estate speculation in a growing city is also a part of the story as the infancy of historic districts established the desire to preserve the buildings and landscape environment of an area that connects to important past events and people in the community and nation. The historic resources, the decisions and actions of people and the geography allow us to understand past endeavors that impact our present and likely the future of our community and nation.
***This tour begins at the 1928 Pima County Courthouse where we discover the archaeological efforts to find the presidio (fort), two earlier courthouses built at this same location and the beginning of the “Old Pueblo.”
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Tucson, AZ 85701
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