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TUBAC
The first Spanish colonial garrison in Arizona, Tubac was founded in 1752 and was a major stopping point along the Camino Real (Royal Road) that ran from Mexico to Spanish settlements in Southern California. Although Spanish soldiers, missionaries and explorers once roamed the small Southern Arizona town, it's better known today for its resident artists.

Ann Empie Grove's father, the late artist and illustrator Hal Empie, was one of them. "After 50 years, my parents decided to leave Duncan. The Gila River had raged through Main Street and their art gallery and drugstore one too many times," Grove says. "Dad remembered an art student of his that owned a gallery in Tubac. It took one visit for Mom and Dad to decide they wanted to move here. They thought the Santa Cruz Valley was as beautiful as the Gila Valley. Dad kept saying, 'The light here is every artist's dream.' "

— Kelly Kramer


 
FOUNDED
1752
  AREA
8.2 square miles
  ELEVATION
3,200 feet
  COUNTY
Santa Cruz
 

Information: Tubac Chamber of Commerce, 520-398-2704 or www.tubacaz.com; Hal Empie Studio and Gallery, 520-398-2811 or www.halempiestudio-gallery.com

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