When you enter Barrio Viejo, an old part of Tucson, you have an impression that you are in old Mexico and time has just stopped.
Old, simple one floor houses have specific, modest architecture, flat roofs and strong colors.
The homes don’t have yards and you have the impression that if you open any of the doors you will enter right to the kitchen.
The sidewalks are narrow with a couple of trees and bushes.
Barrio Viejo means ‘old neighborhood’ in Spanish. Also known as ‘Barrio Libre’ – free, this neighborhood was home to a culturally diverse community of people from America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Barrio Viejo, the old neighborhood, mainly consists of Tucson’s 19th century homes and commercial buildings.
The arrival of the Southern Pacific Transportation Company in 1880 changed Tucson from a hopelessly impoverished, dusty little Mexican village in the middle of nowhere to a growing Southwestern city of seemingly limitless opportunities.