A Look Into Tanque Verde, Arizona

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The daycare abuse lawyers in Tanque Verde present to you today's article. Read on about the history of the CDP and what it has to offer residents and visitors.

Synopsis of Tanque Verde

Tanque Verde, "green tank," is a census-designated place (CDP) in Pima County, Arizona. Situated northeast of Tucson, it started as a small community settled by ranchers who just arrived in the American West around the 1860s. The name of the area is in reference to the algae found in a large stock water tank in the community in the late 1800s.

Throughout the 1800s, the Apache Native American tribe and soldiers from Fort Lowell often frequented the Tanque Verde Valley. After Fort Lowell was closed in 1891, Hispanic immigrants from Sonora and Baja California saw the empty fort as an opportunity and moved into the abandoned adobes. Soon, the rich floorplain northeast of the fort was farmed. The community of El Fuerte was thriving by the turn of the century. Located upstream from El Fuerte, in the canyons and nooks of the Santa Catalina Mountains' front range and the Ricon range, was Tanque Verde. Hispanic families who established homes and ranches in the area were:

  • Andrade
  • Benitez
  • Escalante
  • Estrada
  • Gallegos
  • Lopex
  • Martinez
  • Riesgo
  • Telles

By the 1960s, Tanque Verde was a true suburb of Tucson. The affluent community has the highest median household incomes of any city in southern Arizona and one of the highest in the state. It has a total area of 32.9 square miles and a population of 16195 people, according to the 2000 census.

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area

The Sabino Canyon is one of the premier natural areas of southern Arizona. It could be found on North Sabino Canyon Road at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Although private vehicles have been prohibited since 1978, an emission-free, open-air Sabino Canyon Crawler-Bear Canyon shuttle could be used to look around the Sabino Canyon. The area offers recreational activities such as road cycling, day hiking and backpacking. There are a visitor center, picnic tables, and an interpretive site for visitors to also check out. The Sabino Canyon Recreation Area is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $8 day passes can be bought at its visitor center.

Agua Caliente Regional Park

Agua Caliente Regional Park is a 101-acre park on East Roger Road in Tanque Verde. Operated by the Pima County Parks and Recreation, it features a perennial warm spring and pond that houses a rich mix of plants and animals. There is evidence that the park was inhabited by humans more than 5,500 years ago. Named in honor of local businessman Roy P. Drachman who donated more than $200,000 to Pima County to purchase the former Agua Caliente Ranch, the Roy P. Drachman Agua Caliente Park was opened on January 19, 1985.

Besides the hot spring and pond, the park includes the Ranch House Visitor Center, Ranch House Art Gallery, picnic tables with grills, paved and gravel walking paths with interpretive signs, birding and more. Visitors can take a tour of the park on one of the naturalist led walks and learn about the geology and history of the area. Agua Caliente Regional Park is open every day from 7 a.m. to sunset. The Ranch House is closed for the time being, and the art gallery exhibits have been suspended as well.

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