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  • Exhibit honoring Mexican ranching families will highlight Oct. 22 Anza Day at Canoa Ranch

    Oct 12, 2016 | Read More News
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    The dedication of a new exhibit paying tribute to the Mexican ranching families who worked and lived at Canoa Ranch will highlight Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation’s fourth annual Anza Day celebration on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Canoa Ranch, 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road in Green Valley. The event is free and open to the public.

    Folklorico dancersThe exhibit is believed to be the first permanent exhibit of its kind in Pima County to highlight the lives of the Mexican vaquero and their families whose lives and work contributed to the success of the cattle ranches in Southern Arizona. 

    The exhibit will consist of six 6’ x 4’ panels with photos and text in English and Spanish. Congressman Raúl Grijalva, who grew up on the ranch, will attend the dedication as will the Consul General of Mexico, Ricardo Santana Velasquez, and members of the Pima County Board of Supervisors. 

    When Juan Bautista de Anza, a lieutenant colonel in the Royal Spanish cavalry and commander of the Tubac Presidio, led a 240-person expedition to northern California in 1775-76, the group spent its first night at the paraje, or campsite, at the ranch site. 

    Visitors can tour historic ranch buildings and corrals, and enjoy an Anza Expedition exhibit and an appearance by the Anza Trail Color Guard. 

    The schedule of activities includes:
    • Self-guided tours
    • Ballet Folklorico La Paloma performance 
    • Dedication of the Mexican vaquero and family exhibit at 9:30 a.m.
    • Historic Trade Beads presentation by Steve Ellis at noon
    • Anza Trail Color Guard Procession led by Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza at 11:30 a.m.
    • Exhibits related to the history of Canoa Ranch and the people who lived there
    • Food and drink for purchase 
    • Information booths
    • Green Valley Gardeners
    • Living With Urban Wildlife Trailer – NRPR
    In 2001, Pima County purchased and began to restore the 4,800-acre Canoa Ranch complex with voter-approved 1997 and 2004 bond funds. Pima County opened the ranch headquarters to the public in March 2013.

    For more information about the ranch, including volunteer opportunities and free guided tours, please visit Historic Hacienda de la Canoa online, call 520-724-5520 or email CanoaRanch@pima.gov.

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