#19: Hotel Congress

311 Congress Street Tucson

The Turquoise Trail/#19: Hotel Congress
Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Museum
Written By Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Museum

A great spot for a meal or drinks. Built in 1919 across from the railroad depot, this hotel was popular with winter visitors. It became famous in 1934 when members of John Dillinger's gang rented rooms. While they were there, the building caught fire and the gang paid some firemen to carry their bags outside. The firemen didn't open the bags but wondered why they were so heavy; the bags contained submachine guns and bulletproof vests. The gang was recognized from a "True Detective Mysteries" magazine and soon arrested. In addition to its infamous history, the hotel has a beautiful lobby and is home to The Cup, a popular downtown Tucson restaurant. It also hosts an active night spot called Club Congress.

Calling all history buffs - this hotel is definitely for you!

Photo by Gillfoto via Wikimedia

The Turquoise Trail

#19: Hotel Congress

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