The 5th Annual Historic Miracle Mile Open House and Tour will take place on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to Noon, with a pre-tour beginning at 8 a.m. Free parking, free event information, free talks, and free shuttles to free tour sites will be offered at the Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus, located at Speedway Boulevard and Stone Avenue. This half-day event celebrates the history and ongoing revitalization of the Historic Miracle Mile area.
Talks on the historic significance of the area, with particular attention to the contribution of the neon to the character of the historic mile, will be given at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 am. Presenters include Dave Devine, local historian; Carlos Lozano, founder of Vanishing Tucson; and Demion Clinco, President, Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation. Site tours will feature a mix of old and new. Historic motor courts will include the Monterey Court, adapted as artists’ studios with cafe; the always popular renovated Ghost Ranch; and the Wayward Winds serving as the Gospel Rescue Mission for women and children. Also included will be the historic adobe Matus-Meza House currently under restoration as a cultural center for the San Ignacio Yaqui Neighborhood; the new Blue Moon Community Garden, a combination of pocket park and accessible garden; and four salvaged and restored neon signs installed this month on Drachman Street along the northern boundary of PCC’s Downtown Campus to mark the southern terminus of Historic Miracle Mile.