El Presidio Park
Located next to the Old Pima County Courthouse, El Presidio Park has been in continual use since 1539, when the Spanish first arrived. Today it features historical markers, monuments and statues, a water fountain, modern art, memorials, and a rose garden dedicated to John F. Kennedy. There are memorials to the Vietnam War and World War II's Battle of the Bulge; and a monument to the Mormon Battalion who, in December 1846, briefly raised the first American flag over Tucson. The park, which is located over an underground garage, is also used for festivals, weddings, and political gatherings.
Backstory and Context
"El Presidio Park." Visit Tucson. Accessed March 8, 2017. https://www.visittucson.org/business/el-presidio-park?clientid=23118.
"Plaza de Armas." The Historical Marker Database. Accessed March 8, 2017. http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?MarkerID=83209.
Photos: Bill Kirchner, via The Historical Marker Database