The Fort Lowell area is much more than the territorial fort. If you understand the history of the area, you understand the history of Arizona. Historian and preservationist Ken Scoville leads this tour delving into the cultural layers of Tucson. The oasis of water and trees at the confluence of the Pantano Wash and the Tanque Verde Creek, was a draw for many. As early as the first century AD, the Hohokam farmed the area. In the 19th century, water attracted settlers from Mexico as well as the United States military in 1873. Later, a new wave of farmers came, creating the community of El Fuerte. Artists and dreamers would join in the teens and twenties to restore adobe ruins from the fort. By the 1950s, the automobile and air conditioning would bring huge population growth and pressures for change. Fort Lowell would become a historic district to help preserve this unique area.
***This tour is 1.5-miles long and begins at Fort Lowell Park, 2900 N. Craycroft Rd.