Downtown Tempe Walk Through History
Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (MST)
One of Tempe's greatest attributes is its many authentic, historic buildings and structures. In Downtown Tempe, dozens of structures dating back as far as the 1800s are within walking distance.
Join the Tempe Historic Preservation Foundation, the Tempe Historic Preservation Office and many others for a Walk Through History, a guided tour of these wonderful places. The event happens on Feb. 4, from 9- noon.
Meet up at the Hackett House. The event includes a choice of three tours led by experts in Tempe history and development. Each is a slow, informative stroll that takes you through approximately a mile of downtown Tempe in about two hours.
Mill Avenue - Enjoy a closer look at some of the buildings along Mill Avenue that have been restored for today's uses and hear the story of Tempe's famous inverted pyramid, otherwise known as Tempe City Hall. This is the shortest tour, just .75 miles from start to finish.
Hayden Butte and Town Lake - Walk around the base of A Mountain, hear details about the Hayden Flour Mill and its renovations, information about the Mill Avenue Bridge and visit the remains of the Ash Avenue Bridge abutment at Tempe Beach Park. This tour is just over a mile and involves some dirt paths.
Moeur, Birchett/ASU - Visit Old Main and the Old St. Mary's Church, the Walker House and Hatton Hall. Discover how these buildings have been repurposed for current use while keeping their historic nature intact. This tour is approximately 1.25 miles.
All tours end with lunch at Monti's La Casa Vieja Restaurant.
With a $25 donation, those attending will receive a continental breakfast at registration, a commemorative T-shirt, and lunch at Monti's La Casa Vieja, Maricopa County's oldest building. Michael Monti will lead a tour of the historic restaurant and tell stories of the many stars and dignitaries who have dined within its walls.
Registration and Continental Breakfast at Hackett House: 9 - 10 a.m.
Tours: 10 a.m. - approximately noon
Lunch and Monti's Tour: Arrive as early as 11:30 a.m. Lunch served as soon as all groups arrive.
For more information, please call Woody Wilson at 602 679-0950.
This event is sponsored by: Tempe Historic Preservation Foundation, Tempe Historical Society, Tempe Mission Palms, Rio Salado Foundation, Archaeological Consulting Services, the City of Tempe, Downtown Tempe Community, Monti's Restaurant and the Tempe Tourism Office.