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Barrio Viejo: A Part of Tucson's History

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Established in the 1800s, Barrio Viejo is one of Tucson’s oldest neighborhoods and through its Hispanic style and culture it takes Tucson back to its roots.

Known for its adobe row style homes, like those seen in Mexico, some of the structures in this historic neighborhood have been standing for more than 100 years.

While the adobe is wearing, and the buildings' ages are no secret, many argue that the historic look is part of what makes the barrio such an important piece of Tucson history.

“It is considered the original center of Tucson,” said G. Shaar of El Minuto Café located in Barrio Viejo. “There have been a lot of generations that have gone through here.”

Home to El Tiradito or The Wishing Shrine, El Minuto Café, and El Parque de Mendoza y Orlando, Barrio Viejo is flooded with Hispanic culture.  The presence of this culture is visible on almost every corner.

The bright colored adobe row houses and the multicolored doors are one of the Barrios most distinguishable traits.

However, in addition to the colors, many of the streets display artwork representing the strong presence of Spanish culture in southern Arizona.

Home to students, families, young couples, and older generations, the Barrio neighborhood is a diverse community of both English and Spanish speaking residents.

To learn more about Barrio Viejo, check out the following:




Part 1: Click here to see more about Barrio Viejo’s landmarks








Part 2: Click here to learn more about Barrio Viejo's style        








Part 3: Click here to find out more about the People of Barrio Viejo






Part 4: Click here for a map to visit Barrio Viejo

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