Presidio Real de San Agustín del Tucson:
Old Walled City Gateway - North Entrance

Old Walled City Gateway – North Entrance

Sunset Park
255 W. Alameda Street
In back of City Hall
Tucson, Arizona 85701
32.220970, -110.973215

Historical Significance:
This marker commemorates the north entrance to the Old Walled City which was the second entrance to the Spanish Presidio Real de San Agustín del Tucson. Also known as the Old Walled City of Tucson, it became part of the United States with the Gadsden Purchase in 1853 as the largest city within the Gadsden Purchase.

This marker was dedicated on the same day as the marker at the south entrance and has the same wording: “DAR / Tucson Old Walled City / Founded 1776 by Spanish Government as a Presidio / Became Part of U.S. after Gadsden Purchase 1853 / Erected 1936.” This marker was never placed at the exact site of the gateway.

The letters D, A, and R have been replaced, and some photographs reveal their absence.

January 16, 1937

Tucson Chapter, NSDAR

A snapshot of a concrete and stone marker base with a plaque situated in river rock. Marker text is in the body of this page. Second entrance to the Spanish Presidio.
Stone marker base with plaque commemorating the north entrance, September 2018.
A snapshot of the plaque on a concrete and stone base. Marker text is in the body of this page.
Plaque, undated image.
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