Our Last Meeting

The Patagonia Museum met on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 10:30 am in the Patagonia Public Library. Dwight Thibodeaux, Rio Rico Historian, was our guest speaker. He spoke about Georges Simenon and “The Bottom of the Bottle”. “The Bottom of the Bottle” detailed life on the Baca Float Ranch in 1948. Filmed locally in Patagonia, Rio Rico, Nogales, San Xavier del Bac, and Old Tucson Studios. This may have been  the only major motion picture made in Santa Cruz County that was about the people who lived here.Patagonia 1950s Holbrooks Fountain Cafe jpeg

The Patagonia Museum Hours

The Patagonia Museum is located in the 1914 Patagonia Grammar School, 100 School Street, Patagonia, Arizona.

Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 2 pm to 4pm. October through May. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Other times by request or appointment. Contact: German Quiroga, 520-343-5641
or Bob Ollerton, 520-288-1873


The Patagonia 1914 Grammar School was the longest continuously utilized elementary school facility in Arizona in 2014. Now the home of The Patagonia Museum.

In 2014 the Patagonia 1914 Grammar School was the longest continuously utilized elementary school facility in the state of Arizona.

The Patagonia Museum Grand Opening

The Patagonia Museum celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, January 23, 2016. The Patagonia Museum will occupy the Patagonia 1914 Grammar School, 100 School Street, Patagonia AZ 85624. The museum will be open from 2 pm to 4 pm, Thursday thru Saturday, beginning on January 28, 2016. Other times by request or appointment.

Please call German Quiroga, 520-343-5641, Bob Ollerton, 520-288-1873 or email info@thepatagoniamuseum.org for more information.

Arizona Rangers and Congressman Grijalva

Arizona Rangers and Congressman Grijalva

Grand Opening Ceremony

Grand Opening Ceremony

2016 Annual Meeting

The Patagonia Museum met on Saturday, January 23, 2016, in the 1914 Patagonia Grammar School. Elected officers for 2016 are: German Quiroga, President;  Bob Ollerton, Vice-President;     Mary Jane Pottebaum, Treasurer;  Bea Quiroga, Secretary;  Ralph Schmitt, Member-at-Large;  Bob Bergier, Member-at-Large.

Dr. Michael Brescia, research curator at the Arizona State Museum, delivered another interesting and informative presentation..

“Water Rights and Grazing on the Babocómari Ranch: Legacies of the Gadsden Purchase in Southern Arizona”

Babocomari Ranch

Babocomari Ranch


Historian Michael Brescia examined the unique features of the land grant that established the Babocómari Ranch under Mexican rule.  In addition to grazing and water rights, he explored the property protections afforded under American law to the heirs and successors-in-interest of the original grant.  The Babocómari Ranch remains the largest private contiguous ranch in the State of Arizona and dates to late 1820s and early 1830s.


Oral Histories

Final TPM Oral Histories 12 (2)                        From 2009 and 2012, The Patagonia Museum collected oral histories from members of the community. Twelve of them  are transcribed here: Cynthia Morriss, Donnie Martin, Elena Quiroga, George Proctor, Jeanette Swyers, Lucy Mihalik, Lydia Dojaquez, Michael Cervantes, Ramon S. Quiroga, Carmen Soto, Paul Mihalik and Jesus Lopez. To see the oral histories of Doug Thaemert and Guillermo Matus with Mike Yourgules go to the online Arizona Memory Project.

Santa Cruz Patagonian Newspaper

The Santa Cruz Patagonian Newspaper was first published in Patagonia on December 1912. The Patagonia Museum, the Patagonia Library and the Friends of the Patagonia Library have partnered to reformat copies of this local newspaper on electronic media. The total collection purchased from the Arizona Library State Archives includes 693 editions of this newspaper from 1915 to 1929.    View all these editions on:

The Patagonia Museum in the Creative Spirit Artists Gallery


The Patagonia Museum became a member of the Creative Spirit Artists Gallery in January 1, 2013.

The Patagonia Museum’s space at the Gallery

Our merchandise space is located in the rear area of the gallery, 317 Mc Keown Avenue, Patagonia.

The Patagonia Museum and Lochiel Schoolhouse t-shirts are available for purchase.

Several books detailing the history of the Patagonia area are also available for purchase, including

Tom and Joan Woods’ “The Other Side of the Mountain”  details the history of Tom and Gertrude Gardner in the  1800’s.

Net profits from our sales support our mission and goals.

The gallery is open seven days a week from 10am to 4pm.



The Patagonia Museum conducts litter cleanups on Highway 82, between Mileposts 18 and 19, on a quarterly basis.

We meet at the ramadas on Beaty and Highway 82.

Please bring water, gloves and appropriate clothing.

Our next cleanup will be on Friday, June 24, 2016,  at 5 am. For more information contact German Quiroga: 520-343-5641.