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Fort Lowell Park & Historic Neighborhood

When the Fort was built, a lane bordered on two sides with cottonwoods was constructed. After the Fort closed in 1891, the trees died and were chopped down.  They have been replaced and, with a little imagination, you can imagine the off-duty soldiers strolling with the local gals who would visit the Fort for the gala band concerts and balls.  Indeed, the Fort, with its contingent of dashing Cavalry officers was the social center of the rough frontier town for a period.

Now only a portion of the post hospital remains, protected from the elements by a steel ramada. Still, the small corridors and rooms almost seem to echo with the comings and goings of the busy fort.  The museum is an accurate reproduction of the commanding officer's quarters. Across Craycroft, a walk west along Fort Lowell Road will take you past several period buildings including the old officers' quarters, the commissary and the post trader's store. These are now privately occupied but the exteriors make a charming appearance and are a fine photo opportunity.

There are several lovely old adobes located in the area, which have been restored.  County boundaries are north of Fort Lowell Road and city boundaries are Fort Lowell Road on the north, San Francisco Avenue on the south, Craycroft Road on the east and Beverly Avenue on the west.


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