You don’t even have to leave Tucson to enjoy this half-day trip. In fact, you can easily break up the following attractions, restaurants, and historical sites into multiple half-day trips. There are so many things to see & do in the 4 distinctly different downtown districts: (1) Presidio, (2)Congress, (3) FourthAvenue, & (4) University. And, hopefully, by 2014, you will be able to take our new Modern Streetcar to within a block or three of every place of interest we recommend here. 1. Presidio District Today, Tucson is a vibrant metropolitan city of a million souls. We don’t have an Empire State Building, a Space Needle, or an Arch. We do have a rich and complex history, plus the heritages of several distinctly different cultures: American Indian (Yaqui, Tohono O’odham, Apache), European (Spanish) & modern North American (Hispanic and Anglo). In 1776, as our Founding Fathers were busy founding, 2400 … Continue reading
This is the main commercial district of Tucson Arizona in 1887. Here you see Congress Street looking west toward the Santa Cruz River and Sentinel Peak (now A Mountain).Continue reading
The Presidio Inn Bed & Breakfast IS authentic Tucson. A real 1886 Victorian adobe example of high-class 19th century Territorial architecture. I want you to experience this unique home for several reasons:
It is not a replica. This was the home of a wealthy family living in a dusty village on the outer edge of the American frontier more than 125 years ago. This at a time when most people here lived in shacks, tents, or dirty, dreary boarding houses.
A reenactment celebration at the Presidio San Agustin de Tucson which takes place several times a year.Continue reading
The Arizona Historical Society’s Tucson History Museum is about life in early Tucson. This is a small but very worthwhile museum if you want to understand the history and cultural heritage of Tucson.Continue reading
BULLETIN. After 18 ½ years of serving the community, Old Pueblo Trolley’s operation of historic streetcars was suspended at the end of October for construction of the modern streetcar project. When finished in about two years, OPT plans to resume operations. The initial project work will provide an improved drainage system on 7th Street and 8th street necessitating removal of the track and overhead electric conductor began in early November. This work is scheduled to be followed by replacement of the single existing track and overhead on 4th Avenue and University Blvd. with new double track and overhead electric supply system. We look forward to operating with the modern streetcar when it commences operation in 2013. In preparation, volunteers will continue restoration and maintenance work on the trolleys. VOLUNTEERS are needed for this important work. If you are interested in volunteering, please see our form. Tours of the ongoing work at the trolley barn and … Continue reading
Located at the west end of the restored Train Depot is the Transportation Museum. I know. When I first heard about it I wasn’t in any hurry to go either. But there is no way to understand the history of Tucson until you witness the incredible impact the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad had on, what was then (1880), a tiny (mostly) Mexican village. This museum is small, free, and worthwhile. This is also the place where Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday delivered the final blow to Frank Stillwell. Inside the train depot,(Amtrak) you will see replicas of three Maynard Dixon Murals. Maynard Dixon is a Western artist of some note. Rumor is, the real ones are under wraps at the Tucson Museum of Art. Another reason to visit the Transportation Museum is at the other end of the Depot: Maynard’s Market & Kitchen. Very good food; indoor or … Continue reading