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The original spanish name for this location is Presidio Santa Cruz de la Terrenate.  Terrenate was founded in 1742 and was located southwest of the Huachuca Mountains.  Late in 1775 Santa Cruz de Terrenate was relocated to the area of Fairbanks.  Located on a bluff overlooking the San Pedro River this location seemed ideal as it provided wood, water and lush pastures for their cattle and horses along with fields for the friendly Pima Indians that had with them to cultivate.  However, the Apache began to harass the settlement, attacking anyone who ventured out for water or tried to plant crops in the nearby fields as the location was in the heartland of their territory.  The Apache were attracted to the large herd of horses kept at the presidio and "liberated" most of them.  At first the Spanish soldiers were able to retrieve some of their horses but as more were stolen they became less able to pursue them due to lack of mounts. Apache indian attacks, loss of horses and men eventually forced the presidio to be abandoned around 1780.  The Spaniards methods of warfare could not stand up to the guerrilla tactics and lighting fast raids that the Apache used. 

This was one of a series of forts or as the Spanish called them "Presidios" that were set up to guard the northern reaches of "New Spain" .  The presidios all also contained missions as this was the second part of their function.  The preserved remains of the presidio are located on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) property.  The BLM has a designated hiking trail to and through the site to minimize the impact of visitors, please stay on the paths.  Interpretative signs are posted along the trail at the ruins and brochures are available.  The trail is approximately 1.2 miles long and is called the Presidio Trail.  It is located on Kellar Road, about 2 miles north of Highway 82.

Currently at this time we have no photographs or other information.  If you would like to contribute to this page or any other page on our site with photos, etc. we will put your name under the photos.

If you would like to read more about the Spaniards and their conquest of the southwest or about the presidios here is some recommended books:

The Presidio Bastion of the Spanish Borderlands by Max Moorehead - U of Oklahoma Press.
The Spanish Borderlands Frontier: 1513 - 1821 by John Francis Bannon - U of New Mexico Press.
Hispanic Arizona: 1536 - 1856  by James E. Officer - U of A Press

 

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|Bisbee|Black Diamond|Boston Mill|Brunckow's Cabin|Camp Rucker|Cascabel|Charleston|Cochise|
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