People have been in the Old Fort Lowell area since 300 A.D. because of the great quantities of water and rich soil. The Army founded Camp Lowell around 1867, and the ruins of the Fort remain in Fort Lowell Park today. The park contains a swimming pool, playing fields and playground equipment, and it is also the site of the Fort Lowell Museum. There is an annual craft show at Fort Lowell Park where people come from all around to buy and sell homemade crafts.
The neighborhood boasts many adobe-style homes along with more modern types of brick homes. Lush vegetation and cacti in this quiet neighborhood surround most homes.
The Fort Lowell Neighborhood Association holds annual events such as the La Reunion de El Fuerte Historic Sites Tour. Residents and visitors can attend a fall concert at San Pedro Chapel, and the proceeds benefit the Chapel Restoration Fund. San Pedro Chapel is a popular wedding destination and is used for many other special events, such as art shows and community events. The Association also sponsors a month-long series focusing on Old Fort Lowell history to educate visitors of the area’s long history.
There are many popular restaurants in the Old Fort Lowell area, such as Peking Express, where visitors can pick from a wide variety of Chinese food. In addition, young and old alike frequent Vero Amore for Italian food. Of course, the Old Fort Lowell area has its share of fast food, delicatessens and specialty shops like Einstein Brothers Bagels.
Shopping is convenient, as there are several grocery stores in the area as well as stores for other needs. Whether one would like to rent or buy a home, Old Fort Lowell area contains moderately prices apartments, condominiums and single-family homes.
The Old Fort Lowell neighborhood is a charming part of Tucson that delights both residents and visitors alike.