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Kruse Arizona Tours

October 3rd, 2011 by tucsonbb

Kruse Arizona is a Tucson based tour company that shines.  Alan Kruse offers walking tours of historic Tucson that appeal not only to locals but to those visiting Tucson from out of town or out of state. Find out how Tucson developed between 1850-1910 and beyond.  Some are morning tours, most beginning with coffee and pastry, and some twilight tours, often ending in a no-host dinner at a local downtown restaurant.  Sometimes local Tucsonians don’t find the time to explore their own city and should pretend to be a tourist for a day and explore with Alan.

But his knowledge of history isn’t just confined to Tucson.  He is also an expert in the history of towns like Tombstone, Bisbee, and Forence as well as some very interesting ghost towns around Southern Arizona.  Join one of his van or coach trips to experience more of Southern Arizona.  He also offers coach trips to other Southwestern states such as New Mexico and California.

Rosemary & David, innkeepers at Hacienda del Desierto, have taken a number of his tours including a walking tour of one area of historic Tucson, several of his couch tours to Phoenix to see musicals and museums, a tour to Ft. Bowie, and a Santa Fe Opera tour.  This week we’ll taking a coach tour out of state to Albuquerque, New Mexico to the Balloon Festival which is held every fall.  We’ll soon be joining him for a tour of the officer’s quarters at Ft. Huachuca and, in December, the Dolly Steamboat and Arizona Opry tour.  We’ve been in Tucson since the early 50’s and always learn something new with Alan at the helm.

He is a respected historian who speaks at the local historical society, the Adobe Corral historical group, and many other groups who want more about Southern Arizona’s past.

Tucson’s Historic Walking Tour

December 7th, 2009 by tucsonbb

Tucson Historic Courthouse

Tucson Historic Courthouse as seen from a walking tour of Historic Tucson

Visitors to Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast invariably want to know where the historic part of Tucson is located so they can appreciate the rich cultural heritage of the town.  Historic Tucson before 1900 was located just east of I-10 off of Congress Street and was probably no more than a few blocks square but increased after the railroad came to town in 1880.  This area now holds the government buildings along with a number of the historic landmarks.   A walking tour of that area has been developed by the Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation.  It is called the Presidio Trail Historic Walking Tour.

The complete walk is 2 ½ miles but can be walked in stages rather than all at once.  It takes you through historic neighborhoods and identifies landmarks.