8 Historic Towns In Arizona That Will Transport You To The Past

When we were in grade school, a lot of us loved learning about life in different eras, which probably explains why some of us (not naming any names) read the entire American Girls Collection as their first foray into chapter books. The blend of reality, drama, and, in our eight-year-old brains, the different clothing styles were fascinating and incredibly different from our suburban upbringings. In fact, we still enjoy “witnessing” history through movies, novels, and an old collection of PBS and BBC shows that document life in past eras. Since we will probably never live to see a working time machine, the next-best experience is visiting historical places and towns that are well-preserved and may even feature re-enactments that attempt to bring past lives in Arizona state into the streets. These historic towns in Arizona are worth an add to anyone’s bucket list. 

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Have you visited any of these historic towns in Arizona? What impressions did they leave you?

Looking for more Arizona history? Take a look at these historical landmarks across the state.

Address: Bisbee, AZ 85603, USA
Address: Castle Dome, Arizona 85119, USA
Address: 4650 N Mammoth Mine Rd, Apache Junction, AZ 85119, USA
Address: Jerome, AZ 86331, USA
Address: Oatman, AZ 86433, USA
Address: Oraibi, Kykotsmovi Village, AZ 86039, USA
Address: 3901 W Pioneer Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85086, USA
Address: Tombstone, AZ 85638, USA
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Historic Towns in Arizona

March 28, 2021

What is the oldest town in Arizona?

Many sources will tell you that Tucson is the oldest town in Arizona, however, that is incorrect. The oldest town in Arizona is Tubac, which was established as a European settlement in 1752. Tucson was established later, in 1775. Both towns still exist today, and Tubac is a small, historically rich little place. The population has remained under 2,000 people for ages, and it’s also an arts and cultural mecca. The Tubac School of Fine Art is located there and offers classes in any medium you could ever imagine. Interested in the oldest Arizona towns (plus some towns that existed long, long before settlers ever arrived here)? Check this article out for more fascinating Arizona tidbits.

Where are some interesting historic places in Arizona?

Arizona is a beautiful state filled to the brim with fascinating, often dark history. Take a stroll through the living ghost town of Jerome, Arizona, which used to be a bustling copper mining town and is now an artist’s paradise (as well as a haven for wine lovers). Tucson is one of the oldest cities in the state; many historic buildings still stand today. Bisbee and Tombstone will transport you back to the days of the wild, wild west, where saloons still stand and many a ghost story still lingers. Up north, Flagstaff is a truly interesting, historic city, with some hotels and buildings having been around since the 1800s. Nearly everywhere you turn, you’ll find something interesting from or about the past to delve into.

What are some interesting Arizona history facts?

Where do we begin? For starters, Arizona is the Valentine’s Day state, since we officially entered statehood on February 14, 1912, after spending many decades as a territory. We’ve got some highly unique fauna and flora features, such as being one of the only places in the world where Saguaro cacti grow, as well as Joshua Trees (in a very small area of the state, but they’re there!) and even some animals, like the Arizona trout (which can ONLY be found here). We’ve got a state neckwear (it’s a bolo tie, if you’re curious). We’re definitely known for some crazy-hot summers, and one year, it reached an unreal 128 degrees Fahrenheit at Lake Havasu City. We could go on, as Arizona is a remarkably interesting state, but it would take forever!

Address: Bisbee, AZ 85603, USA
Address: Castle Dome, Arizona 85119, USA
Address: 4650 N Mammoth Mine Rd, Apache Junction, AZ 85119, USA
Address: Jerome, AZ 86331, USA
Address: Oatman, AZ 86433, USA
Address: Oraibi, Kykotsmovi Village, AZ 86039, USA
Address: 3901 W Pioneer Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85086, USA
Address: Tombstone, AZ 85638, USA