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Rincon Ranches: Hearts & History

March 17, 2011.


Due to your high interest

this program is offered again

the very next day: 

last offered: March 18, 2011

Join noted author and oral historian Patricia Preciado Martin; visit sites of historic ranches, homesteads, corrals, and cemeteries. Learn about the daily lives and customs of these hardy Hispanic settlers and homesteaders. Mid day, we settle into a Rincon Valley tradition, as we savor the Tanque Verde Guest Ranch's famous cottonwoods buffet!

  We hope to offer this popular program again! 


Patricia Preciado Martin has spent the last 30 years documenting Tucson and Southern Arizona Mexican American culture and history through her non-fiction oral histories and fiction short stories. Her books, all published by the University of Arizona Press, include: Amor Eterno; Beloved Land; Days of Plenty, Days of Want; El Milagro and Other Stories; Images and Conversations; Songs My Mother Sang to Me. They are available in fine book stores and libraries and Amazon.com.

The Rincon Mountains just east of Tucson (La Sierra del Rincon) holds a treasure trove of little known history of Mexican pioneers of the 19th and early 20th century.  Join us for this fascinating exploration of the Rincon Valley; visit the sites of historic ranches, homesteads, corrals, and cemeteries.

Join noted Tucson author and oral historian, Patricia Preciado Martin, and our hosts Mary & Piet Van de Mark. Martinís treasured stories are based on oral histories she collected of the farming and ranching practices, the customs of daily life, including religious observations, fiestas and food. You will stand where they lived and worked and listen to Patricia's stories; and these hardy settlers and homesteaders will come to life! 

Mid-day, we'll pause to savor a Rincon Valley tradition: the Tanque Verde Guest Ranchís famous luncheon buffet! Their seemingly endless tables feature a wide selection for us, including corned beef and cabbage in honor of Saint Patrickís Day! Their desserts are memorable! Cost includes comfortable transportation, lots of fun, a full day of learning, the Tanque Verde buffet and great photo ops!  $99 per person covers it all; it's a great day to share with friends and family! 8:45am-about 6pm.


Life was sweet and familiar; and life was rugged, as well, in the Sierra del Rincon of a century ago.


It has been suggested that Patricia's books plus a day with her in the Rincon Valley make a mighty fine gift! Register now and prepare yourself for this day by reading a few of Patricia Preciado Martinís absorbing books! 



Contact Mary & Piet Van de Mark with your questions.

(520) 887-2340 (Tucson)

Email:  piet@bajasfrontiertours.com

This is a brand new day-trip with Patricia...

Please reserve early, while you're thinking about it!

...and share this fun learning vacation day with a friend!

Her books are available on Amazon and in many shops around town.

This educational program is co-sponsored by both Tucson's Tohono Chul Park and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Desert Museum members reserve with Baja's Frontier Tours; Tohono Chul members please call Jo Falls at the Park.

Please see below...

Call Mary & Piet Van de Mark directly at

Baja's Frontier Tours

(Tucson, Arizona) 520-887-2340.  

Email:  piet@bajasfrontiertours.com

Only  per person including comfortable transportation and a picnic lunch!

If you're not yet a member of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, this is a great time to click here: www.desertmuseum.org and learn more about it!

Membership is just a click away:


Participants: Please refer to the information mailed to you for times and details, including the exact  central Tucson departure location.  Details will be mailed to participants. 

Members of Tohono Chul Park, please register directly with Jo Falls as noted below.

Just 4 spaces for March 18th and 1 for March 17th.

If you're not yet a member, this is a good time to become one and enjoy all the benefits of membership!


It's easy to become a member and join the tour and enjoy all the many other many benefits of TCP membership! 

Just click here now:  http://www.tohonochulpark.org


(520)742-6455, X-228 (in Tucson)

Only including comfortable transportation and a picnic lunch!

Participants: Please refer to the information mailed to you for times and details, including the exact departure point at Tohono Chul Park. Details will be mailed to participants. 

Tucson's Tohono Chul Park

is a non-profit, botanical garden and art museum. 

You may e-mail Jo at Education@tohonochulpark.org  


"My name is Frank Escalate. I was born right here on this ranch 58 years ago (about 1925). But our history goes back much further than that. My grandparents on both sides came from Ures, Sonora, Mexico. I am not sure exactly when, but I know that it was over 100 years ago. My grandmother used to tell stories of the gold rush of 1849, so that's how I know. My Dad's grandfather us buried in Ures. He was a general in the Spanish army. His wife and children came here to keep from being executed during the war against Spain." From Images and Conversations by Patricia Preciado Martin. University of Arizona Press, 1983. This photo by Louis Carlos Bernal is on the cover of this book .


Call Mary & Piet at (520) 887-2340 in Tucson, Arizona for more information

February 15, 2011...Reserving Now

Cost for the day is $99

The memorable Luncheon Buffet at historic Tanque Verde Guest Ranch is included!

EMAIL: piet@bajasfrontiertours.com

Contact Piet & Mary Van de Mark by phone:

520-887-2340 (Tucson, Arizona)


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