Best Piece of Tucson History
Fort Lowell Park and Museum
READERS' PICK: Centuries ago, Hohokam people founded a village on the site of Fort Lowell Park, farming the fertile floodplain. That village had long disappeared among the reeds and grass by the time the U.S. Army established a cavalry post there to guard Tucson's eastern approaches from Apache attacks. Decommissioned after less than 20 years, the fort, too, collapsed into ruins, though locals turned some of its outbuildings into homes and stables. History marches on: That neighborhood is now a Tucson landmark, the garrison one of our city's best places for a picnic or a pickup softball game, and the museum a fine venue to learn about the area's past.