Editor's Note: Updated 3/10/17 Sadly, Sentinel Carriage no longer gives Tours downtown. We wish them the best in the future.
We know more about Tucson history than most. Why? It’s our job. We are, after all, Southern Arizona Guide. We particularly enjoy Downtown Tucson because it is so rich in local history and cultural heritage. We never tire of discovering historical gems hidden among the modern high-rises and older Downtown neighborhoods.
However, we recently discovered another guide to Downtown Tucson. Her name is Jane Stansbury and she is very good at what she does. With her horse-drawn carriage, she can transport you back in time a hundred and fifty years and more … even back to the origins of the Old Pueblo.
On a recent Sunday afternoon, six of us took a ride on Jane’s amazing time-traveling machine that she disguises as a modified surrey pulled by a massive Clydesdale so as not to alarm the neighbors.
Even so, there were plenty of gawkers, many of whom reached for their camera as we passed by. Couldn’t blame them, really. We were quite the sight … a throwback to a bygone era when everyone lived in a 3-mile-per-hour world. That was about the highest speed a person on a horse could sustain before the advent of the railroad in the 1830’s & 40’s. Our Sentinel Carriage tour of Downtown lasted about an hour. The whole time it was like living in slow motion.
At that pace, we saw, and could appreciate, some very interesting sites that we surely would have missed if we had been in an automobile. And Jane was masterful at sharing the human-interest stories behind the historic homes and other places we passed by. Read More