Rio Rico Historical Society Tours:
Rich River & Rich History
Bus Tour of "Historic Rio Rico"
In what promises to be our best tour yet of "Historic Rio Rico," we are offering not only a visit to 8 historic sites in Rio Rico, but we will go inside three of these historic sites. First, under the guidance of a National Park Ranger, we will look inside the 1773 San Cayetano de Calabazas visita mission - the oldest building in Rio Rico dating back to the times of the Spanish padres. Our second "inside look" will be a first. For the first time ever - that this home will be opened to the public - we will have an exclusive premier - a private tour of "The Stud Barn." "The Stud Barn" is where Georges Simenon lived in what would become Rio Rico. Georges was the most prolific author of the 20th century and he wrote "The Bottom of the Bottle" about life on Baca Float Ranch in 1948, while he lived in "The Stud Barn" with his secretary and current mistress. His novel was made into a major motion picture in 1955 and much of it was filmed locally. Our third "inside look" will be another exclusive private tour - Rancho Santa Cruz - the first ranch HQ for the Baca Float Ranch and the residence for Tol Pendleton (Pendleton Drive is named for him). In 1936, Rancho Santa Cruz became the third dude ranch in Santa Cruz County and it had the first swimming pool built in Santa Cruz County. Please, please, you don't want to miss this very special tour of "Historic Rio Rico" that might not be repeated in the future with all these exclusive "inside looks."