TWOQC Explore Tucson Barrio Viejo!

Photo by Pat Neel and Sharon Pulcinella

Photo by Pat Neel and Sharon Pulcinella

Jane Gold

On April 5, 12 The Women Of Quail Creek (TWOQC) members explored Tucson’s Barrio Viejo, along with their docent Mauro Trejo, for a 90-minute historical walk in the Barrio.

Barrio Viejo (old neighborhood) was the heart of Tucson’s social, cultural, and economic life for more than 100 years. During the tour, they walked through the largest collection of Sonoran Row houses in the United States. Mauro shared the rich history of the neighborhood, its architecture, and the individuals and businesses that currently meet here, including the newly established arts community.

An early lunch was held at the historic El Minuto restaurant in the neighborhood, followed by a short walk back to the galleries for further exploration.

Later in the week, Mauro sent a link to a great 28-minute video on YouTube made by AZ Public Media called Barrios and Barriers, which explains the civil rights movement in Tucson. It contains great interviews, and it helps fill in a rarely discussed aspect of Tucson history. It’s worth the watch! Here’s a link: