The Spanish Army, led by an Irish mercenary Captain Hugh O’Conor, established a fort in what became Tucson in the 1780s. All or part of the fort was in use until the last of the original walls came down in the early 1900s.
An archaeological excavation occurred between 2001 and 2006 resulting in the recreation of the northeast corner of the fort.
Today re-enactors demonstrate life as the community would have been in the early 1800s.
Some of the buildings that are now part of the Presidio were once homes dating from the late 1800s and early 1900s.
A large mural on one wall depicts life as it was in the presidios heyday.