Two hours southeast of Tucson, you'll find Douglas, a cattle and copper border town. It was named after Phelps Dodge mining magnate James Douglas, who constructed the Douglas smelters. Take the weekend to appreciate its richly diverse culture and celebrity-studded history.
Past Meets Present
The Gadsden Hotel on G Avenue is a can't-miss destination. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Gadsden's ornate lobby, sweeping marble staircases (rumored to have been climbed by Pancho Villa on his horse), and a huge Tiffany stained-glass mural highlight the city's Old West glamour. The historic Saddle & Spur Tavern, adorned with hundreds of cattle brand markings, is still a favorite meeting place for storytelling about past visiting celebrities including Thornton Wilder, Eleanor Roosevelt, and John Dillinger.
Downtown, you'll see remnants of the town's mining heritage at Church Square. It's the only intersection in the United States with four churches at one intersection, all built before 1910. The square features historic houses including the handsome 1909 Douglas-Williams house, now headquarters of the Douglas Historical Society. Plan to see the quirky Art Car World Museum (open by appointment only), where 21 cars have been decorated and transformed into fantasy mobile art sculptures as part of a permanent collection founded by filmmaker and Burning Man artist Harrod Blank.
Did you know Douglas Municipal Airport was the first international airport in the Americas? The tiny Border Air Museum on Airport Road includes exhibits highlighting Douglas' cross-border and world war aviation history.