The trail starts at the site of Presidio San Agust?n de Tucson, where the city was founded in 1775. The Spanish garrison is long gone, but a portion of it is being reconstructed for a cultural heritage park set to open next year.
The tour takes in some striking architecture. Two high spots: the Pima County Courthouse (1929), a majestic Spanish Colonial Revival building with a blue-tile dome and an impressive interior courtyard, and the newly restored Fox Theatre (1929), a rare Southwestern Art Deco structure. Other notable sites include the Teatro Carmen, built in 1915 as a home for Spanish-language theater, and the well-preserved, and still thriving, Hotel Congress (1919), where local authorities nabbed bank robber John Dillinger and his gang in 1934.
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