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The Turquoise Trail

This historic walk, designed as a loop, begins and ends at the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum, a reconstruction of the Tucson Presidio that was originally built in 1775. The Museum is located on the northeast corner of the original Presidio site. The complete walk (about 2 1/2 miles in length) takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours, but it can be done in segments, beginning and ending wherever you like. **Please follow the blue line on the street, not the map on this app (occasionally this app will try to take you on a non-pedestrian route). More than 30 restaurants are within a few blocks of the walk, providing plenty of opportunities for lunch or a break. Most of the sites on the tour are marked with historical plaques that provide additional information. Enjoy this walk through the heart of our city, which has expanded out from the adobe fort that was its beginning. ***Looking for a guided tour of the Turquoise Trail? They are offered throughout the year through the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum. See www.TucsonPresidio.com for the dates of upcoming guided tours.

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    #1: Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum

    #1: Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum

    The Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Museum is a re-creation of a portion of the presidio built in 1775.

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    #2: Telles Block/Old Town Artisans

    #2: Telles Block/Old Town Artisans

    Now "Old Town Artisans," these buildings house shops, a restaurant, and a shady courtyard.

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    A. Museum of Art & Historic Block/ Main Ave.

    A. Museum of Art & Historic Block/ Main Ave.

    TMA features Latin art & changing exhibits. Main Avenue features early Territorial architecture.

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    #3: Pima County Courthouse

    #3: Pima County Courthouse

    The Pima County Courthouse was designed by noted architect, Roy Place, in 1928 and finished in 1930.

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    #4: Presidio Park Sculptures

    #4: Presidio Park Sculptures

    Featuring the Mormon Battalion from 1846 and a Spanish soldier from the Presidio period.

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    #5: Allande Footbridge

    #5: Allande Footbridge

    Allande y Saabreda played a large role in funding the construction of Tucson's presidio.

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    #6: Pima County Administration

    #6: Pima County Administration

    Enter the lobby via the glass doors to learn about the thousands of years of Tucson's history.

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    #7: Garcés Footbridge and Gazebo

    #7: Garcés Footbridge and Gazebo

    This bridge commemorates the Franciscan priest who helped Hugo O'Conor choose the Presidio's location.

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    #8: Sosa-Carrillo House

    #8: Sosa-Carrillo House

    This is a beautiful Territorial period home now operating as a house-museum.

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    #9: Jácome Art Panel at Tucson Convention Ctr

    #9: Jácome Art Panel at Tucson Convention Ctr

    This panel used to be displayed on the front of downtown's famous Jácome Department Store.

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    B: VIEW FROM TRAIL-Sentinel Peak/"A" Mountain

    B: VIEW FROM TRAIL-Sentinel Peak/"A" Mountain

    To the west, you can see Sentinel Peak, now generally known as "A" Mountain.

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    C: VIEW FROM TRAIL -Tumamoc Hill

    C: VIEW FROM TRAIL -Tumamoc Hill

    Tumamoc Hill, just north of "A" Mtn., has been important to the local Tohono O'Odham tribe for millenia.

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    #10: El Tiradito (The Castaway)

    #10: El Tiradito (The Castaway)

    Also known as "The Wishing Shrine," El Tiradito was the location of a love triangle murder.

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    #11: La Pilita Patio

    #11: La Pilita Patio

    Enjoy the several historical plaques here.

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    #12: Rosendo S. Perez Park

    #12: Rosendo S. Perez Park

    This little park is named after the man who put El Tiradito on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    D: Carrillo Elementary School

    D: Carrillo Elementary School

    This lovely school building was named after Leopoldo Carrillo, the developer of Carrillo Gardens.

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    #13: Teatro Carmen

    #13: Teatro Carmen

    This interesting building was a Southwestern cultural center in the 1920s

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    #14: Ferrin House

    #14: Ferrin House

    Originally the home of Joseph Ferrin and his wife Therese, this building is now the Coronet Restaurant.

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    #15: Barrio Viejo Streetscape

    #15: Barrio Viejo Streetscape

    "Barrio Viejo" means old neighborhood; these Sonoran row houses were built in the late 1800s.

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    #16: Temple of Music and Art

    #16: Temple of Music and Art

    Come and watch a play at one of Tucson's most beautiful venues, built in 1927.

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    E. VIEW FROM TRAIL - St. Augustine Cathedral

    E. VIEW FROM TRAIL - St. Augustine Cathedral

    This Spanish-Colonial-Revival-style cathedral was built in 1896 with a magnificent sandstone facade.

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    F: VIEW FROM THE TRAIL - The Blenman House

    F: VIEW FROM THE TRAIL - The Blenman House

    The Blenman House is thought to be the only Victorian-style house built of adobe.

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    #17: Armory Park

    #17: Armory Park

    The original location of Camp Lowell during and after the Civil War, Armory Park honors veterans.

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    G: Former Carnegie Library/Children's Museum

    G: Former Carnegie Library/Children's Museum

    Originally Tucson's Carnegie Library, today this building houses the Tucson Children's Museum.

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    H: VIEW FROM TRAIL - Scottish Rite Temple

    H: VIEW FROM TRAIL - Scottish Rite Temple

    This unusual building was built in 1915 in a variety of Neoclassical styles.

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    #18: Independent Order of Odd Fellows

    #18: Independent Order of Odd Fellows

    This architectural beauty was home to one of Tucson's first charitable organizations

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    #19: Hotel Congress

    #19: Hotel Congress

    One of this "railroad hotel's" claim to fame is its (in)famous former guests.

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    #20: Historic Railroad Depot

    #20: Historic Railroad Depot

    Tucson's historic railroad station has been restored to its 1942 glory.

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    I: ONE BLOCK NORTH: Pioneer Hotel Building

    I: ONE BLOCK NORTH: Pioneer Hotel Building

    Opened in 1929, the Pioneer Hotel was Tucson's premier hotel.

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    J: ONE BLOCK NORTH: AZ. Hist. Society Museum

    J: ONE BLOCK NORTH: AZ. Hist. Society Museum

    Located just across from the Tucson Main Library, this museum tells the story of downtown Tucson.

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    LAST STOP, #21: Fox Theatre

    LAST STOP, #21: Fox Theatre

    The Fox was meticulously renovated from 1999-2006 after being closed for many years.

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