Garcés Footbridge and Historic Gazebo

Category   Historic Landmarks


72-180 W Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85701

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#7 on Turquoise Trail Map: This bridge commemorates Father Francisco Garcés, the Franciscan priest who rode with Lt. Col. Hugo O’Conor in 1775 to found the Presidio in Tucson. He explored throughout the region and died in 1781. Across the bridge to your left you can see a replica of the original 1880’s gazebo (bandstand). This is the where the stagecoach would gallop into town from Mesilla, New Mexico, along the old Camino Real. For a time, “this area became the town square and was a home to the famous El Charro restaurant. Since then many buildings in the area have been constructed and demolished, and new construction is in progress.

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