100 S. Avenida Del Convento, Tucson, AZ
Le Tour De Downtown Tucson
I put together a slow cycling tour of downtown Tucson. If you are new to Tucson or have not seen the downtown area, this ride is for you. Tucson does have more to offer then Speedway, which was voted the ugliest street in America 1977 http://tucson.com/speedway-named-by-life-magazine-as-ugliest-street-in-the/image_23b9b4e8-d2cf-11e1-b30d-001a4bcf887a.html As Tucsonans we were proud of that one.
The 7-11 you see is where I would buy slurpees in the new Star War cups. I had a triple collection. I tossed them out. I just thought Star Wars would just fade away after it was shown on TV.
I laid out the ride to pass as many historical markers without tracing back over the same street twice. This ride is designed to stop and smell the roses. Feel free to ride slow and take in the older part of Tucson.
When I was riding the Luna Lake Ride this past year I read the book Tucson, the life & times of an american city https://pix.sfly.com/b6ox9Y (in library). https://www.amazon.com/Tucson-Life-Times-American-City/dp/0806120428 The book describes Tucson as it was growing up from the very beginning. Tells all the stories about how most of the streets were named after its famous citizens.
There are just too many points to make note of. So print the mile post markers so you can keep track of the highlights. I am not claiming to be a historian, I just lived here long time.
There was a Movie and a TV show that was filmed in downtown Tucson that I can recall. We will pass where they filmed both.
Petrocelli A TV show filmed in Tucson 1974.
Many good shots of the old court house.
The show only lasted 2 seasons, it was not very good. I do remember watching it on TV back then.
The movie: Alice don’t live here no more.
It may be on Netflix or check out Casa Video 2905 E Speedway if you want to watch it.
It stared child actor Jodi Foster and Kiss Kristofferson’s first acting roll.
Looks like the alley behind the Chicago music store.
Who remembers “Kiss my grits” Well that started right here in good old Tucson.
Mel’s Diner was a spinoff of the Alice don’t live here no more movie.
At mile post 5.5 we will be passing Flandrau Planetarium. Science can be fun. Play with the sun dials out on the lawn. http://flandrau.org/visit/show-schedule
At mile post 8.5 we will be riding into the Dunbar-Spring neighborhood.
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27752942-dunbar (free in library)
This was once the segregated part of town. Now I believe it will someday soon it will be Tucson’s next artsy fartsy neighborhood. Many of the old houses are being restored and downtown is starting to come back to life.
There was an old grave yard here as well. As time went on, houses were put on top of the abandon graves; and to this day, people will dig up a human bone now and then.
At mile post 8.7 we will be passing the bike church.
Here are a few of the other neighborhoods we will be cycling in and out of.
1 .2 mile Cushing Street Bridge. History to read.
2 .6 Fire dept show room.
3 .8 El Minuto restaurant
4 1.0 Museum of Contemporary Art
4.1 1.5 KXCI studio
4.2 Plasma Center Just in case you want to make $5 by donating plasma.
5 1.9 Jim Glock bike bypass
6 2.0 4th ave under pass. Stuff to read when you come out.
7 2.8 Rattlesnake bridge.
8 3.2 Basket bridge.
9 3.4 Lost Barrio
9.1 3.7 The Rock, One of Tucson’s wild rock and roll bars
10 3.8 Pie Allen sign
11 5.0 UofA stadium
12 5.2 Mckale Center Ride around McKale Center much to see.
13 5.5 Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium. Pink Floyd light shows and other science stuff.
14 5.9 Under Speedway
15 6.2 UofA main Hospital to the north
16 6.3 Under speedway. Use the bike lane
17 6.9 UofA mall
18 7.1 Old Main
18.1 7.4 Illegal Petes. Restaurant that people protested and were complaining about the name.
19 7.5 Starbucks, Potty stop if needed
20 8.5 Dunbar-Spring neighborhood Signs to read. should of read material in the Dunbar link I made.
Ride over to see Court Street cemetery sign
21 8.7 Bike Church see the the link I put up.
22 9.1 the original downtown
23 9.2 El Charro Café One of the best and oldest Mexican Restaurants in town. Encourage everyone to try it.
24 9.5 Vietnam wall. Stop and remember those who wore the uniform.
25 9.6 Can almost see a statue of Ponco Via and the Old Presidio wall
26 9.6 La Placita
27 9.7 Music Hall, Go see a play. They are good.
28 9.7 Leo Rich Theatre A nice small theatre for plays
28.1 10.1 Children's Museum
29 10.2 Temple of Music and Art A first class Theatre. Go if you have the chance.
30 10.3 Midtown Liquor I use to buy my beer there when done working on La Placita. I learned to bend conduit there (1976).
31 10.6 Back in the real barrio. Streets were named after many Tucson’s pioneers. If you would read the book, The life and times of an American city ; lots of interesting information.
32 12.6 In South Tucson. The only city within a city in the US.
33 13.0 The Dog tracks, I have no idea if they still run or not.
34 13.8 The VA hospital
35 13.8 Back on bike path and everyone should know the way back to start.
36 17.8 Tucson’s largest tree