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Best Historic Locations in Phoenix

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The Rosson House

The Rosson House is a beautiful structure built in keeping with the Queen Anne style of the Victorian Era. Constructed in 1895, it has been restored to all its former glory and today serves as a museum. Visitors get a glimpse into the lives of late 19th-century Phoenix denizens through the preserved articles and housewares on display. The house is located in the quaint Heritage Square and is one of eight restored residences here. Guided tours around the house are available and it is open almost 365 days a year. Check website for more details and information.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Historic Heritage Square

For a look into the history of Arizona as it was in the late 19th Century, visit Historic Heritage Square and its environs. One of the highlights in downtown Phoenix, it is filled with other sites including the opulent Rosson House which dates back to 1895. This Queen Anne structure has been fully restored and today functions as a museum recreating the magic of a time long forgotten. For a bite to eat, the noted Pizzeria Bianco is just around the corner. Other sites in the square include the Arizona Doll & Toy Museum, and if you wish to escape even the 21st Century, right next door you'll find the Arizona Science Center.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Alwun House

Built by John Sedler in 1912, this historic house is architecturally significant due to its exceptional size and unusual bungalow style. For a house built in the early part of the century, being two storied instead of one and having a solar energy system for hot water, truly sets it apart. Goldfish ponds, aviaries and gardens are included in the property. Today, the house doubles as a cultural art center and venue for weddings and receptions. Admission varies, so please call for further information. Limited wheelchair access.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Pueblo Grande Museum & Archaeological Park

The Pueblo Grande Ruin and Irrigation Sites, are outdoor archaeological open spaces, housing the museum. Exhibited at Pueblo Grande Museum & Archaeological Park are the ruins of a prehistoric settlement of people who lived, farmed and prospered for centuries in this region. Known as the Hohokam, they built their first irrigation system more than 1,000 years ago. They were the first people in the area to develop this kind of canal system. Phoenix's lone National Historic Landmark, sections include an authentic ball court, irrigation canals and a football field-sized platform mound. The site was declared as a National Historic Landmark in the year 1964.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights

Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights was built by a businessman Allesio Carraro in the year 1920. The castle has a beautiful architecture one that resembles a sand castle and is surrounded by a garden of cactus which took a year to develop even before the castle was constructed. This carefully planned build and theme is befitting to the deserts of Arizona. The structure is three storeys high and is easily accessible by public transport. Though the blueprint was planned to make this place into a hotel resort, the dream fell short due to changing hands of ownership and management. Continued to be preserved as a castle by the City of Phoenix, Tovrea Castle continues to be one of the most visited tourists' spots and the tickets for its tours sells out quickly.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Wrigley Mansion

William Wrigley Junior's dream mansion, the Wrigley Mansion is elegance personified. This magnificent 1932 mansion has hand-carved doors and a hand-painted rotunda ceiling which are a treat to the eyes. Apart from being a architectural marvel, the mansion also serves as a perfect location for anything from a dream wedding to an elegant event. Geordie's Restaurant within the mansion serves classic American fare and is the best place to host a classy sit-down dinner.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Glendale Antiques District

From the old-fashioned clock standing in Murphy Park, to the eclectic variety of antique and collectible stores, this charming place returns to an easier time. The climate in this section of Glendale exudes palpable warmth, demonstrated by painted merchant windows, charming floral decor and a statue of a gentleman feeding pigeons in the park. Have an ice cream at Kimberly Ann's Victorian Ice Cream Parlor in Downtown Glendale, or slip into one of many antique stores. You could purchase a pedal car at Smilin' Jack's or perhaps locate a leather-bound old friend at Coury House. Find an infinite variety of gift items and furnishings all along Glendale, then north to historic bungalows in the Catlin Court District. Enjoy merchant displays and food in an open-air market every Saturday from October through May, held in Murphy Park at 58th and Glendale avenues. Save your feet and take the town trolley.

Glendale, AZ, United States
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Deer Valley Rock Art Center

Visit the traditional home of the ancient Hohokam and Patayan peoples who left traces of petroglyphs (rock art) in the Hedgpeth Hills. View more than 1500 of these on a quarter-mile trail. Different interpretations of the designs can be studied at the indoor exhibits. Remember to carry a cap, sunblock, binoculars and plenty of water during your visit. It would be advisable to carry along a notepad to jot down points. Children get an opportunity to create their own petroglyphs out of clay.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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