Tucson's History Will Come Alive During the 36th Annual Fort Lowell Day Celebration.
On Saturday, February 11, 2017, the public is invited to visit the historic Fort Lowell neighborhood and relive Tucson’s bygone days at the Fort Lowell Day Celebration. The day includes a wide variety of free activities and displays where the whole family can learn about this hidden corner of Tucson’s past. The annual Fort Lowell Day Celebration is sponsored by the Old Fort Lowell Neighborhood Association to highlight the area’s rich history. Events begin at Noon and run until 4PM with the exception of Vintage Baseball with the first game beginning at 11AM in Fort Lowell Park at the baseball field. Events will be occurring in Fort Lowell Park, along Fort Lowell Road, and at San Pedro Chapel.
People of many cultures have lived in the neighborhood for well over a thousand years. The Fort Lowell U.S. Army Post was decommissioned in 1891 and is now a beautiful city park. In recognition of the neighborhood’s importance, parts of the area, including the hundred and twenty year old El Fuerte community together with Old Fort Lowell, have been designated as an historic district by Pima County. San Pedro Chapel was the first Historic Landmark designated by the City of Tucson. Portions of the area are also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
This year’s events include:
FOOD AND MUSIC. The group Way Out West will play nostalgic western and cowboy tunes. The youth group, Mariachi Los Changuitos Feo de Tucson, in traditional dress, will perform traditional and popular Mexican music and songs during the afternoon. At 2PM the 4th U.S. Calvary Band (Tucson) will also play a concert of 19th Century music. There will be food booths in the area.
MILITARY DRILLS. At 12:30PM B Troop, U.S. Cavalry Regiment (Memorial) from Fort Huachuca will conduct drills on the original Parade Grounds at Fort Lowell Park. Come see how the cavalry trained for warfare on horseback.
EXHIBITS AND CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES. There will be exhibits at the Fort Lowell Museum. At Fort Lowell Park children can make small versions of the adobe bricks used to build Old Fort Lowell and the homes and chapels of the El Fuerte community and learn games children played at the Fort. At the San Pedro Chapel children can learn how to make authentic Mexican paper flowers. Children can also pick up a Passport to History to be stamped at various sites and earn a special reward. (Popcorn)
VINTAGE BASEBALL GAMES. At Fort Lowell Park at the baseball field there will be vintage baseball games using the rules, uniforms and equipment of the 19th Century. PLAY BALL! Bisbee Black Sox vs. Tucson Saguaros. Games at 11AM and 1PM.
MEDICAL HISTORY. Tucson Medical Center will have a shuttle at Fort Lowell Park to take people to see historical buildings on its campus. Some of these buildings date back to the 1930s when it was a tuberculosis sanatorium. At 2:00PM in the San Pedro Chapel a doctor, in historical costume, will talk about how medicine was practiced in the 19th Century and a surgeon will perform a mock surgical procedure using instruments and procedures common to that era.
SELF-GUIDED TOUR OF 22 HISTORICAL SITES. Visitors will be able to view the recently restored 19th Century Officers’ Quarters and learn from experts about the Hohokám pit houses and artifacts that were found on the site. The self-guided tour includes stops at the Fort Commissary, the Post Trader’s Store, and a narrow alley called El Callejón, the heart of the original community of El Fuerte. A descendant of the Mormon community will also be on hand to tell stories about the early Mormon settlers in the area.
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE. For more information and the times of events, visit ww.oldfortlowellneighborhood.org or Facebook.com/fortlowellday.