Tucson

 

Population

2010: 520,116, #33 in U.S., #2 in Arizona

1950: 45,454

2010 Metropolitan Area: 980,263, #52 in U.S.

Setting

The Spanish established a presidio (fort) in the area in 1775, and the town of Tucson grew up around it. Tucson was a small city until the years after World War II. The University of Arizona is just northeast of downtown.

Buildings

Tallest building: One South Church (1986), 330 feet

List of tallest buildings

Stores

Tucson has no downtown department stores.

Trains

Amtrak’s Sunset Limited, going from New Orleans to Los Angeles, stops at Tucson’s old Southern Pacific station (1907) three times a week in each direction. This train also connects in San Antonio to Amtrak’s Texas Eagle, which goes north to Dallas, Little Rock, St. Louis, and Chicago. The 3.9-mile Sun Link streetcar, connecting downtown with the University of Arizona, opened in 2014.



 
Downtown Tucson

Museums

The Tucson Museum of Art is located downtown.

Theaters

The Screening Room shows independent films. The Fox Tucson is a restored 1930 movie palace with concerts, plays, and old movies. The smaller Rialto Theater (1920) hosts concerts.

The Music Hall of the Tucson Convention Center (1971) hosts the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Arizona Opera, and touring musicals from Broadway in Tucson.

Sports

The Tucson Padres are the Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate of the San Diego Padres. They play at Kino Stadium (the former Tucson Electric Park, 1998), located south of downtown. They will move to El Paso in 2014.

Map of Downtown Tucson

Downtown Tucson Partnership

Historic Tucson Photos