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The Fort Lowell area is much more than just the territorial fort and staging area for the final Indian campaign against Geronimo. Historian and preservationist Ken Scoville leads this tour that explains how most of the cultural layers of Tucson are present here. The oasis of water and trees at the confluence of the Pantano Wash and the Tanque Verde Creek, which became the Rillito (little river) was a draw for many residents in the area. As early as the first century AD, the Hohokam and later historic agriculturalists farmed the area. In the 19th century, water again brought settlers from Mexico and the United States military in 1873. The last years of that century and the first decades of the 20th century brought a new wave of farmers and a small community named El Fuerte. Artists and dreamers would join in the teens and twenties to restore adobe ruins from the fort as the early farmers had done. 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. If you understand the history of the Fort Lowell area, you understand the history of Arizona.
***This tour is 1.5-miles long and begins at the San Pedro Chapel at 5230 E. Fort Lowell Rd.
Pre-registration required. Click HERE to register.