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Note: This is part one of a three part series on Tucson’s barrios.
I have been visiting Tucson, Arizona for over 20 years and have always adored her gorgeous desert landscape, rugged mountains, and lovely southwestern charm. It is no wonder that Tucson is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts who come to play golf, bike, hike, and explore nature. The sun shines down across the city for over 350 days a year making Tucson a gorgeous place to visit especially in the heart of a Minnesota winter.
For years I’ve been enjoying Tucson’s many hiking trails, restaurants and shopping areas surrounding the luxurious Foothills part of town yet during a recent visit I decided it was time to branch out and explore. A local art store provided my inspiration. There I saw a painting of one of Tucson’s many barrios (neighborhoods) and realized that there was an entire part of Tucson that I had never seen before and it looked fascinating.
On a beautiful Saturday morning instead of putting on my hiking shoes, I grabbed my camera, a map and launched off in pursuit of my curiosity and wanderlust. I headed down the valley to the heart of Tucson’s past, to the old, historic Downtown Tucson and her neighboring barrios (neighborhoods) which in recent years have been undergoing a major regentrification and rebirth of their own right. A few hours exploring and I was convinced that during my next trip to Tucson I’m headed back to the barrios.
For a place known for its golf courses, gorgeous spas and resorts and cactus, who would have ever believed that an entire fascinating old historical part of town not only existed but thrived? Yet this is where the city of Tucson, one of the oldest continually inhabited areas in the United States, all began.
To visit Downtown Tucson feels like taking a step back into time and quite frankly, another country. The brightly hued buildings that sprinkled the various barrios often reminded me of homes I saw in Central America and brought me right back to lovely Xela, Guatemala at times. Although I only had time to explore the tip of the iceberg, I will certainly be back to visit the rest soon. There are too many hidden treasures awaiting to be discovered.
Currently there are 34 National Register Historic Districts in Tucson and 6 more that are pending. During my first visit to Tucson’s historic past, I was instantly hooked by the charm and the uniqueness of each barrio. Every step of the way felt like I was taking a trip back to another era. It was certainly hard to believe I was still in Tucson. The Tucson I knew for so many years felt thousands of miles away.
First stop: Historic Downtown Tucson at the masterpiece, The Congress Hotel.
Built in 1919 as a three-story railroad hotel, The Congress Hotel has been a key Tucson landmark for years. Perhaps what the Congress Hotel is most famous for is being the hideout of the notorious John Dillinger gang. John Dillinger was an American bank robber during the Depression era who became one of America’s most wanted outlaws. In 1934, Dillenger and his gang were hiding inside The Congress Hotel when a fire broke out on the third floor and lead to his capture after months on the run. When you walk outside the front of the hotel, you can see a darkened figure up in the window made out of cardboard to remind you where Dillinger once roamed.
Today, the Congress Hotel has 40 vintage guest rooms, a swank restaurant with sidewalk seating, nightclub, an old fashioned salon, and a formal banquet room. What makes The Congress Hotel a must-see is its unique Southwest décor and charm. Even the saloon still has an eerie smell of booze from hard days past.
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