Steve Ross, representing the National Park Service, talks about the historical significance of the Anza Trail and its route through present-day Marana at the Fall Harvest Festival this Saturday.
Ross speaks at 11 a.m. Saturday at Heritage River Park, 12375 Heritage Park Drive.
In 1775, 235 years ago, Juan Bautista de Anza led an expedition from Tubac to San Francisco. A 17-mile segment of the route of the Anza Expedition passes through present-day Marana along the Santa Cruz River. An auto route has been designated along parts of Silverbell and other roads.
"It is of particular interest that the Anza Expedition did actually camp in Marana on a flat called Llano del Azotado, near Pointer Mountain," a release said.
Saturday's festival includes a brief dramatization of a day on the trail with the Anza Expedition. The Anza Society, the Anza Trail Coalition and the Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance participate in the event.
The late Ora Mae Harn, founder of the Marana Heritage Conservancy, believed the community should come together to remember its history, to celebrate its diverse customs, traditions, and beliefs. To honor her life and works, the Marana Heritage Conservancy is dedicating a flowering tree at the Fall Harvest Festival, to be planted on the Heritage House property in memory of Ora Mae.