Historic tours of Tucson and Southern Arizona by Kruse Arizona
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If you have questions, wish more details or want to make a reservation about any of these tours, please call me at (520) 625-8365  or email me at krusearizona@cox.net 

  Effective January 1, 2016 I will not be doing any more coach tours, only walking tours.  Thanks for your interest

No pre-payment required except for the Streetcar Tour; you pay when you get there.  Reservations are highly recommended.

Spring 2018

Walking Tours (2 hours; $20)

Turquoise Trail Walking Tour, Part 1 – March 3; 10:00 am  

Pioneer Women Walking Tour, Part I – March 6, 2018, 10:00 am

Downtown Heritage District Walking Tour, Part I – March 16; 10:00 am

Pioneer Women Walking Tour, Part II – March 23, 2018, 10:00 am

Streetcar Tours ($37)

Streetcar + Walking Tour – February 27; 9:00 am – 2:00 pm 


Cowabunga: Surf and Hot Rod Music of the 1960s   9:00 am on March 14th and 21st

at the Forum in Green Valley

Walking Tour

The Turquoise Trail, Part 1         

Saturday, March 3, 2018; 10:00 am – Noon; $20

We will start at the Presidio at Washington and Church and then cover sites 2-7 and 18-23 (see map at www.tucsonpresidio.com/turquoise-trail)  These include the Presidio re-creation, Pima County Courthouse, Pancho Villa statue, former Carnegie Library, Odd Fellows Hall, Hotel Congress, Pioneer Hotel Building, and the Railroad Depot.  Since this is a Saturday, the parking meters are not in effect.  Refreshments.

Pioneer Women of Tucson Walking Tour- Part 1

Tuesday, March 6, 2018;  10:00 am– Noon; $20

This walking tour will focus on pioneer women who contributed so much to Tucson’s history. 

Some of the women who will be covered include

            Theresa Ferrin – known as the “angel of Tucson” through her work as a nurse and

 herbalist; helped establish first Jewish synagogue in Arizona

            Carmen Soto – established El Teatro Carmen, one of the first Spanish-speaking theaters

 in town

            Madeline Heineman Berger – the guiding force behind the Temple of Music and Art

            Annie Graham Rockfellow – architect of Safford School and the El Conquistador Hotel

            Isabella Greenway – bridesmaid at the wedding of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, first

 U. S. congresswoman from Arizona and founder of the Arizona Inn

            Monica Flin – started El Charro Restaurant in 1922

            Elizabeth Fremont – daughter of John Fremont, explorer and Governor of Arizona

We’ll meet at the corner of Meyer and Cushing.  Free parking is available on Meyer Avenue just south of Cushing Street.  Refreshments

Downtown Heritage District Walking Tour, Part 1

Friday, March 16, 2018, 10:00 am to 12:30; $20

We’ll start at the 1907 Southern Pacific Railroad Depot on Toole just north of the Hotel Congress.  After hearing about Tucson’s early train history and what the Earps were doing on this site, we are off to the newly-completed 4th Avenue Underpass.  No tour of Congress street would be complete without a stop at the Hotel Congress to hear their ghost stories and the role the Hotel played in the Dillinger capture (No, John never stayed here) and then on to our next stop across the street at the Rialto Theatre.  Stops at the 1929 U. S. Federal Court House, the new Unisource Building (site of the demolished Santa Rita Hotel), and the new Scott Avenue restoration including the Griffin will complete the tour.

Payment:  Reservations required (call or email) but payment of $20 isn’t due until arrival.  Since I am limiting the number of people to 20-25 per tour, please follow through if you make a reservation.

Meet:  We will meet on the patio behind Maynard’s Market (in the Depot on Toole St) between the market and the railroad tracks.

Parking: The best spot is the Pennington & Scott Parking Garage.  The charge is $4 for 3-4 hours and $5 for 4-5 hours. 

Pioneer Women of Tucson Walking Tour – Part 2

Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:00 am – Noon; $20

A continuation of Part I, this walking tour will focus on the pioneer women who contributed so much to Tucson’s history.  Some of the women who will be covered include

            Sara Sorin –first female attorney to appear before the U.S. Supreme Court unassisted

            Gladys Franklin – active with historic and artistic endeavors in Tucson, she died in the

 same room she was born in on Main Avenue at 89.

            Edith Kitt – ran the Arizona Historical Society for years

            Bettina Steinfeld – wife of Albert Steinfeld, Merchant Prince of the Southwest

            Annie Neal Cheyney – had the Cheyney house built on Main

            Atanacia Hughes – married to Sam Hughes at 13 or so, gave birth to 15 children

            Helen Jacobs – operated the Stork’s Nest, a maternity home in the 1920s-1940s

            Laura Pennington – survived an Apache capture by crawling back to camp seriously wounded

Free parking is available on the west side of Main Avenue just north of Franklin.  We’ll meet at the corner of Main and Franklin (just north of the Tucson Museum of Art).  Refreshments

The Modern Streetcar & Walking Tour

    9:00 am on Tuesday, February 27, 2018; $37

One of the potentially most significant events to occur in Tucson in many decades is the Modern Streetcar.  Today we will ride it from one end to the other and see where it takes us.  We’ll begin at the Mercado, the most western terminus, with a short history of the modern streetcar before boarding it using the included day pass.  Our first stop will be to see the art work on the Gutierrez Bridge.  We’ll also stop in the Downtown area to look at some streetcar art and take a walking tour down Congress. We’ll get off again at 4th Avenue.  We’ll stop at the U of A’s Main Gate to learn about the history of the early streetcar (1897-1930).  Then it’s through the campus ending up at the eastern terminus and the head of the “Poet,” the source of all the poetry generated along the line.  The tour officially ends here at about 12:45 pm.  On the return, you are free to have lunch on your own at Main Gate Square, 4th Avenue, Downtown, or the Mercado.   This tour will focus on Tucson today but will also include some historical information.  How did we end up with this form of transportation?  What is happening in the Downtown area?  Who has the most craft beer on tap?  What’s next?  Come along and find the answers to these and other questions.

            The total amount of time actually spent on the streetcar (some sitting, some standing) is one hour. The other three hours are sitting, walking and waiting for the streetcar. The ground we are going over is uneven with multiple curbs so no canes or walkers and no dawdlers.  You need to be able to keep up.  We climb one flight of stairs.  There are restroom facilities at the Mercado when we start, but there are no more scheduled stops along the way.  Emergencies can be handled by using businesses along the route. 

Each tour will be limited to about 22 people and will take about 3 3/4 hours finishing at the east terminus at Helen and Warren.  It will take 30 minutes to get back to the Mercado plus time for lunch on your own (Main Gate Square, 4th Avenue, Downtown, Mercado)

Last date for cancellation with a full refund minus $5 per person is February 19th.

Departure Point

9:00 am at San Agustin Mercado at 100 S. Avenida del Convento (SW corner of Congress & Avenida Convento; first light west of I-10 on Congress).  Free parking on the west side of the Mercado or in the dirt lot next to the streetcar stop.  Meet in Courtyard