Barrio Viejo – Old Tucson

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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.

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Old, simple one floor houses have specific, modest architecture, flat roofs and strong colors.

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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.

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The sidewalks are narrow with a couple of trees and bushes.  

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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.

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Barrio Viejo, the old neighborhood, mainly consists of Tucson’s 19th century homes and commercial buildings.

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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.

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