Sam Hughes neighborhood is by far one of the most quaint and charming neighborhoods in Tucson. The streets are dotted with beautiful Adobe houses, some built in the early 1900s, and many have the original restored hardwood floors and carved moldings. Some even have basements, which is a rarity in Tucson.
Many have updated granite counters and environmentally friendly solar power, but the mixture of old and new works well together. Manicured yards with mesquite and Palo Verde trees along with desert flowers, like Mexican Bird of Paradise, are commonplace here.
The University of Arizona on the east borders the Sam Hughes Neighborhood and attracts many a university student. It is easy to walk to the university’s many sports events, or to eateries like Bob Dobbs’ restaurant.
Unique shopping experiences include Rincon Market, with its more personal grocery shopping feel. After a University of Arizona football game, the Sam Hughes Championship Dining sports bar is packed with college football fans and students.
Contained in Sam Hughes is Himmel Park. There is a pool, two playgrounds, and a public library. There are places to jog or walk a dog. Voted the best playground in Tucson by readers of the Tucson Weekly magazine, many children enjoy a Saturday afternoon outing there.
Sam Hughes came to the United States in 1837 after emigrating from Wales. After success as a merchant in the California gold rush, he contracted consumption and came to Tucson in 1858 to die. He did not; instead, Hughes left Tucson for California when Confederate soldiers occupied Arizona. He later returned to help incorporate the city of Tucson. In 1928, after an elementary school was named after Sam Hughes, the neighborhood also took the name.
Sam Hughes was named a Historic Neighborhood in 1994. A visit here is necessary for anyone visiting Tucson, and many vie to live here. While there may be less expensive places to live in Tucson, Sam Hughes offers not only charm, but also history and an eclectic atmosphere.