Modern Streetcar & Walking Tour
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 9 am-1 pm
Potentially, one of the most significant events to occur in Tucson in many decades is the Modern Streetcar. Attendees on this tour, led by Presidio Museum tour guide Alan Kruse, will ride the streetcar from one end to the other getting on and off at various points to walk and further explore. The tour begins at the Mercado, the most western terminus, with a short history of the modern streetcar before boarding. The first stop will be to see the artwork on the Gutierrez Bridge. The next stop is in the Downtown area to look at some streetcar art and take a walking tour down Congress Street and on to Fourth Avenue. After boarding the streetcar again, the group will stop at the U of A’s Main Gate to learn about the history of the early streetcar (1897-1930). Back on the streetcar, the group will travel through the campus, ending up at the eastern terminus at Helen and Warren Streets. Here, attendees will see the head of Poet, the source of all the poetry generated along the line. The tour officially ends here at about 12:30 pm. It takes approximately 30 minutes to ride back to the Mercado. Additional time should be planned if attendees decide to stop for lunch on the way back. This tour will focus on Tucson today but will also include some historical information.
***This tour begins at the Mercado San Agustin, 100 South Avenida del Convento. The total amount of time actually spent on the streetcar (some sitting, some standing) is one hour. The rest is walking (approximately ¾ mile), sitting, and waiting for the streetcar. The ground the tour covers is uneven with multiple curbs and one flight of stairs. Because of this, no canes or walkers are allowed on the tour. There are restroom facilities at the Mercado San Agustin, but there are no more scheduled stops along the way.
Pre-registration is required. Click here to register.