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

August 20th Park

 
 
August 20th Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 10, 2010
1. August 20th Park Marker
Inscription.  This park is a memorial to the founding of Tucson. On August 20, 1775, Lt. Col. Don Hugo Oconor, Commandant Inspector of the Frontier Provinces of New Spain, in the company of Fr. Francisco Garces and Lt. Juan Carmona officially established the location of a Spanish Presidio on the site of a very old Indian village. As part of a reorganized frontier defense plan, he ordered the transfer of the Spanish garrison from Tubac to the new presidio, San Agustin del Tucson – the northernmost outpost of Spain in Arizona.

Spanish translation:
Parque 20 de Agosto
Este parque conmemora la fundación del Tucsón. El 20 de agosto, 1775, el Teniente Coronel Don Hugo Oconor, comandante-inspector de las Provincias Internas de la Nueva España, acompañado por Fray Francisco Garcés y el Teniente Juan Carmona señaló formalmente este sitio de un antiguísimo pueblo indígena para un presidio español. De acuerdo con su plan de reorganizar la defensa fronteriza, ordenó el traslado de la compañia de Tubac al nuevo presidio, San Agustín del Tucsón – último punto al norte de España en Arizona.
 
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August 20th Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 10, 2010
2. August 20th Park Marker
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Tucson – Pima County Historical Commission and Arizona Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Hispanic Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1775.
 
Location. 32° 13.274′ N, 110° 58.353′ W. Marker is in Tucson, Arizona, in Pima County. Marker is at the intersection of West Broadway Boulevard and North Church Avenue, on the left when traveling east on West Broadway Boulevard. Marker is located on the southeast corner of the park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tucson AZ 85701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. La Catedral de San Agustin (within shouting distance of this marker); Convent Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Plaza de la Mesilla (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles O. Brown House (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson Street (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fox Tucson Theatre (about 400 feet away); Garcés Footbridge (about 400 feet away); Meyer Street (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tucson.
 
August 20th Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 10, 2010
3. August 20th Park Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,284 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on May 6, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 14, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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