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Tucson in Pima County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Plaza de la Mesilla

 
 
Plaza de la Mesilla Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 10, 2010
1. Plaza de la Mesilla Marker
Inscription. One of the few remaining sites which recall the Mexican heritage of Tucson, it acquired its name after the Gadsden Purchase (1854) as the terminus of the wagon road joining Tucson to the territorial capital, then at Mesilla. When San Agustin, the first cathedral church in Arizona, was erected just east of the plaza, it became known as La Placita de San Agustin. It is now called "La Placita."

Spanish Translation:
Plaza de La Mesilla
Uno de los pocos sitios restantes que recuerdan la herencia mexicana de Tucsón, recibió su nombre después del Tratado de Mesilla (Compra Gadsden), en 1854, como terminal del camino de carromatos que unían a Tucsón con la capital del territorio, en aquel entonces en Mesilla.

Cuando San Agustín, la primera catedral construida en Arizona, fue edificada al este de la plaza, se le comenzó a llamar La Placita de San Agustín. Ahora se le llama “La Placita”.
 
Erected by Tucson Historical Committee and Arizona Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Arizona, The Presidio Trail marker series.
 
Location. 32° 13.258′ N, 110° 58.396′ W. Marker is in Tucson, Arizona, in Pima County.
Plaza de la Mesilla Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 10, 2010
2. Plaza de la Mesilla Marker
Spanish translation of marker text.
Marker can be reached from West Broadway Boulevard. Click for map. Marker is located at north end of La Placita in front of the gazebo. La Placita is just south of Broadway Blvd. Marker is in this post office area: Tucson AZ 85701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Meyer Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Convent Street (within shouting distance of this marker); August 20th Park (within shouting distance of this marker); La Catedral de San Agustin (within shouting distance of this marker); Garcés Footbridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Charles O. Brown House (about 400 feet away); Ochoa Street (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Tucson.
 
Regarding Plaza de la Mesilla. This site is #7 on the Presidio Walking Tour:
“This is a replica of the original 1880’s bandstand in the plaza and is the site where the stagecoach would gallop into town from Mesilla, New Mexico, or San Diego along the old El Camino Real (the royal road). Often Apache arrows would be embedded in the stagecoach from encounters along the trail. La Placita is a collection of shops and offices built in the 1970s on the site of an old Tucson neighborhood as part of urban
Plaza de la Mesilla Marker & Gazebo image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 10, 2010
3. Plaza de la Mesilla Marker & Gazebo
This gazebo is a replica of the original 1880's bandstand. This was a stage-stop along the old Camino Real (the Royal Road).
renewal."
 
Categories. Hispanic Americans
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,718 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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